Life without Boyd

Stevenage Boro boss Mark Stimson s monthly column for The Comet Our good results and performances have carried on since my last column. We have had some very good wins especially over the Christmas and New Year period, starting with St Albans and Weymout

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

Our good results and performances have carried on since my last column.

We have had some very good wins especially over the Christmas and New Year period, starting with St Albans and Weymouth away.

One was a derby and the fans turned out in great numbers and it was a great Christmas present for them from the players.


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And at Weymouth, a few days later, we picked up three points again and that was again very good for us.

To start the New Year with a win against Aldershot - the best side we've played against this season in both of the two games - sets us up nicely for the next three or four games this month.

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In the last month, we've also seen some very good individual performances.

Ronnie Henry is looking more and more composed and looking as though he is enjoying being captain of the team, both on and off the pitch.

And Adam Miller's level of performance and fitness is getting better each month.

On a sad note, we have lost probably in my opinion the best attacking player in the division in George Boyd.

It was a record fee but one the club was willing to turn down.

But in George's contract it stated that if a club offered £250,000, he could speak to them.

Once he had spoken to Peterborough, it was an offer he couldn't turn down.

The game against Aldershot was a perfect way for George to leave us.

In that game, he showed us he is definitely a couple of levels above the Conference.

I know he really appreciated the standing ovation he got when he came off near the end and also afterwards.

We now have to move on and I'm not going to try to replace George Boyd. I would be stupid if I tried.

What we have to do now is put a player into the team and hopefully they will keep us on this run. We desperately want to keep this run going.

New arrival Jamie Slabber is a player I worked with at Grays after he had been released by Tottenham.

He has got all the potential to prove he can be a success here. He has got to make sure he does not miss the opportunity.

If he works hard and tries his best, everybody will be pleasantly surprised as to how good he can be.

We have also signed Hasim Deen until the end of the season.

He could be a very important part of the run-in as he covers a number of positions and has a very good attitude towards the game.

Finally, Scott and myself and all the players would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and a successful and prosperous one.

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