Stevenage 2-0 Coventry City: Dino Maamria’s new boys produce excellent pre-season performance
PUBLISHED: 16:21 22 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:29 22 July 2018
Dino Maamria’s remodelled Stevenage produced an excellent performance on Saturday to beat Coventry City 2-0 at the Lamex.
First half goals from James Ball and Ben Nugent gave Boro the win which was further confirmation their 46-year-old Tunisian boss has been reshaping a squad to surprise a few League Two rivals this summer, bringing in 11 new players at the last count.
Despite being in the midst of pre-season, new-look Boro made it four wins out of four for Maamria’s men.
What was pleasing was the performance as much as the result.
One of Maamria’s early signings, James Ball, from Stockport, drilled a low, right-footed shot past Sky Blues keeper Lee Burge to make it 1-0 to the home side on 23 minutes.
Ball impressed with his drive and hard work allied with a silky touch as he shone in the first half.
He wasn’t the only one as man mountain Scot Cuthbert relished his role of organising the defence.
Latest signing, 25-year-old Ben Nugent, snapped up on a free from Gillingham, on Thursday after impressing on trial, showed he is another canny capture by Maamria after heading home to notch his second goal in two games this summer.
Joel Byron, a Boro legend already is already enjoying his second spell at the club, and could be a decisive player on set pieces after flighting in the corner for 6ft 5in Nugent to nod past Burge.
It may be pre-season but Maamria’s men will be looking to hit the ground running against Tranmere Rovers on a week on Saturday. The Rovers scout the Comet met beforehand would have left Broadhall Way impressed, and perhaps a little fearful at the sight of such a muscular, athletic, coheseive team that likes to press with intensity while possessing talented players such as the fit and firing Ben Kennedy and Ball to name but two.
Premier League visitors Crystal Palace are up next on Tuesday as Boro look to make it five in five.
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