Westley hails defender after Eastbourne win

Boro boss Graham Westley believes Ronnie Henry is capable of playing at a much higher level after the defender sealed his side s 2-0 win against Eastbourne Borough with a picture book goal. The 25-year-old started and finished a flowing move in the sec

Boro boss Graham Westley believes Ronnie Henry is "capable of playing at a much higher level" after the defender sealed his side's 2-0 win against Eastbourne Borough with a picture book goal.

The 25-year-old started and finished a flowing move in the second half and typified the kind of all action performance Boro fans have got used to seeing from the former Tottenham trainee at full back.

Westley said he was delighted to see the Henry's tireless work down the right flank rewarded with a goal and the former Boro skipper's transition from centre half to right back appears complete.

"When I was here first time around towards the end of my tenure Ronnie started playing at full back - I liked him there," Westley told The Comet.

"I think he has got great strengths in terms of his athleticism. He is a great ball player and has great quality.

"He has got great purpose in everything he does. I love him at right back and I think he is capable of playing at a much higher level than this.

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"He showed again tonight (against Eastbourne) the amount of energy he gives you going forward is phenomenal and he still plays his part in the back line. He is a tremendous player and I'm so delighted to see him have his moment."

There was concern amongst fans that Steve Morison's summer departure would drastically reduce Boro's firepower but Henry's goal illustrated how the goals are being shared around the team.

Jon Ashton also got his first goal of the season with a powerful header and Westley hopes the goalscoring bug continues to spread through his side.

"It's nice to see goals coming from all over the pitch. I think we've got 11 different goalscorers in about eight games, which is incredible really.

"The side is starting to evolve. It was a comfortable professional performance without being exhilarating albeit, if we had been a bit more clinical, it could have been much more convincing."

Westley said last week that he wants to see his team not only win, but win in style and, while Boro looked good for long periods against Eastbourne, the Boro chief believes there is room for improvement.

"When you've got players like Joel (Byrom) and Stacy (Long) in the middle of the park you're always going to get the ball down and work some good movements.

"We did pass the ball well in periods but in all honesty we probably went long once too often. I think there was more opportunity to play through the middle than perhaps we took.

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