Long trip awaits Boro

Boro go looking for their first win of the new Blue Square Premier season tomorrow (Saturday) when they face the long trip to Barrow. Graham Westley s side have got off to a stuttering start thanks to unconvincing draws against Tamworth and Hayes & Yeadi

Boro go looking for their first win of the new Blue Square Premier season tomorrow (Saturday) when they face the long trip to Barrow.

Graham Westley's side have got off to a stuttering start thanks to unconvincing draws against Tamworth and Hayes & Yeading, who both proved they won't be easy prey for anyone in the Conference this season.

While many of the club's fans expected a maximum haul from these two games, Westley said he was not surprised to see them give Boro problems after they won promotion last season.

"People talk about bad starts but I think it's really disrespectful to two decent promoted sides," he said. "It's arrogant to start thinking you have got some sort of divine right.


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"When sides are putting their 'A' team out at the start of the season, they are nice and fresh and this is the time of year when these sides are dangerous."

Three points against Barrow would certainly get Boro's season back on track and dissipate some of the premature negativity that has spread to a minority of supporters.

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But Barrow showed in their win against Cambridge on the opening day that they are more than capable of causing Stevenage problems.

Playing part-time sides at the start of the season can be troublesome when the general grind of a Conference season has yet to take its toll.

"Part-time outfits can cause you problems at this time of year - there's nothing new about that," added Westley.

"But we are a side that will get stronger as time goes on. It's not been the best of starts but we're unbeaten and it gives us something to build on.

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