Griffin injury could help striker settle

Boro boss Graham Westley believes Charlie Griffin s enforced absence through a groin injury will help the striker settle into his new surroundings. The 29-year-old has failed to get on the scoresheet in his three competitive outings for Stevenage since h

Boro boss Graham Westley believes Charlie Griffin's enforced absence through a groin injury will help the striker settle into his new surroundings.

The 29-year-old has failed to get on the scoresheet in his three competitive outings for Stevenage since his summer move from Salisbury and a groin injury sustained against Barrow saw him miss out on the midweek win against Ebbsfleet.

But Westley thinks Griffin will learn a lot from watching his new team-mates from the sidelines and will adapt his style accordingly when he is brought back into the side.

"Charlie's got a bit of time on the sidelines and it will do him good I think," said Westley. "When you join a new club and your first goal doesn't come quickly sometimes it's good to step outside the firing line and look in on the performances.


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"Charlie has had a chance now to see the team in action and start thinking about where the goals are going to come from and I'm sure he will benefit from it."

Griffin's absence gave Chris Beardsley a chance in the starting line-up and the former Kettering man took it with both hands as he set Boro on their way with a composed finish in the eighth minute over Fleet.

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Beardsley led the line well all evening and Westley said his performance demonstrated why he brought the 25-year-old to the club.

"He has got that consistency about him and you know what you are going to get from him game in, game out.

"He is not a player that gets a nine out of 10 one week and a six out of 10 the next, he is a player who gives you consistent winning performances.

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