Oliver’s army aims to be well prepared

AT 6ft 7ins, Luke Oliver is in a position of authority anyway. And now the towering Oliver can lead others on the pitch as well as the new captain of Stevenage Boro. The 22-year-old has taken over the captain s armband from fellow centre-half Jason Goodli

AT 6ft 7ins, Luke Oliver is in a position of authority anyway.

And now the towering Oliver can lead others on the pitch as well as the new captain of Stevenage Boro.

The 22-year-old has taken over the captain's armband from fellow centre-half Jason Goodliffe this season.

Goodliffe will assume the role of club captain.

Oliver, who joined Boro last season after spells at Wycombe, Woking and Yeovil, said: "I was delighted to get it, although I was also a bit surprised to be honest.

"I've had no problems with Jason about it. He's top class and always looking to encourage and I'm looking forward to learning from him.

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"Myself and the team can't wait for the season to start now.

"We're looking to play football this season and although you need experience in the side, we've also got a lot of young players and our fitness could be a factor."

Boro boss Mark Stimson said: "I've got to know Luke since working with him and he is a fantastic lad. I think he will go a long way in the game if he can just get a little bit more vocal."

Boro were in action on Tuesday night against Conference South new boys Bedford Town.

Jon Nurse scored a hat-trick as the Eagles had their wings clipped in a 3-1 reverse.

Triallist David Hicks - at Hitchin at the end of last season after being released by Northampton - was in the starting line-up.

Adam Miller (penalty) and Nurse again scored to see Boro overturn an early deficit to win 2-1 at another Conference South side, Farnborough, on Saturday.

Boro, who were sending a team to play local rivals Hitchin last night (Wednesday), host Kettering this Sunday (2pm ko) in their final pre-season friendly.

New winger Dale Binns' knee injury will rule him out for the first few weeks of the season.

Stimson added: "Dale has got to see a consultant so it looks as though we will be without him for a month or so. That's a big blow because he has been a massive positive for us in pre-season.

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