Shots ace Rodman nearly joined Boro says Sills

Ex-Boro man also praises Lamex atmosphere

ALEX Rodman, the man who hit two stunning goals against Stevenage on Saturday, could have been bagging braces for Boro in the second half of the season after almost signing for them in January.

That is according to former Stevenage striker Tim Sills, who watched from the sidelines as Rodman scored a sublime volley just before half time, and then cut inside to curl a wonderful effort past Chris Day just minutes into the second period in the 2-2 draw.

Sills was unable to hold down a first team place at Boro during his 12 months at the club, but talks affectionately about the club both he and team-mate Peter Vincenti left in January to join the Shots.

“Alex Rodman it was who got a couple of great goals and I believe he almost signed here (Stevenage) before he came to us, so I think our gain has been Stevenage’s loss looking at his two goals,” Sills said.

“But it was a vital time to score before the break and it gave us a lift because it’s a tough place to come, as I know from having been here and having watched sides crumble so many times before.

“You know what to expect when you come here. I thought the crowd were brilliant today, so vocal. And when they get going it’s a good noise.

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“After the equaliser it was a little bit of tin hats for us. We had to make sure that we performed well and stayed on top of our game. With the crowd roaring and with Stevenage pushing on it was a tough time but we rode the storm and could have nicked it at the end.”

Sills almost got his head on a cross in the dying moments after being introduced with 10 minutes to go by boss Dean Holdsworth after a lengthy warm-up to try to impress his manager.

“I warmed up more than I have done most games, I must confess,” Sills said. “I think I was knackered by the time I came on, doing that much warming up.

“Obviously I was keen to get on, but with the game poised at 2-2 whatever game it is you hope to come on and score the winner and this was no different.”