Boro’s new boys join cause

Stevenage Boro boss Mark Stimson s exclusive monthly column for The Comet SINCE my last column, we have progressed in the FA Trophy with another convincing win. But we were made to work hard by Leigh RMI. In this game, Jamie Slabber was making his debut

Stevenage Boro boss Mark Stimson's exclusive monthly column for The Comet

SINCE my last column, we have progressed in the FA Trophy with another convincing win.

But we were made to work hard by Leigh RMI.

In this game, Jamie Slabber was making his debut and also scored, which was pleasing.


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It was also our first game without George (Boyd) and the goals were still flowing. Long may it continue.

We then faced Cambridge United who took an early lead but with a very powerful second-half performance, we ended up winning 4-1 and picked up a very valuable three points.

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THEN ........ our fantastic run came to an end against St Albans.

It wasn't without creating enough chances to have won the game but unfortunately on the night and since a long time ago, we didn't take them.

We went to Gravesend, who are in a good position in the league, on Saturday.

We came away with a good point from a very hard-fought game.

Also in this game, we saw Mitchell Cole for the first time.

This is a player who has decided to come from the Championship to our club and this is a massive plus for us when we can attract from such a high level.

He is a player I have worked with before and what he provides is pace. I'm sure we will see that over the coming weeks.

We've also now signed Damian Batt who was training with us about three months ago. At that time we couldn't offer him a deal.

We now have and the pair of them have both signed for 18 months.

Damian is a very good athlete and is a very good age.

These two players really fulfil our criteria of players we are looking for.

They are hungry and they have a great chance of moving us to where we want to be.

Mark Hughes has also joined until the end of the season.

He is another player with League experience and he is again young and hungry.

Unfortunately he picked up an injury on Saturday after starting very brightly. We think it's not as serious as first thought.

Two more young players, Paul Hakim and Daryl McMahon, joined us yesterday (Wednesday) as well.

We are now looking forward to the third round of the FA Trophy.

We have probably pulled out the toughest opponents in Morecambe.

But having scored three goals up there earlier in the season and also knowing how hard the players have been working over the last two or three months, we will be going there to get a result.

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