Boro entertained St Albans City, Chelmsford City and Aldershot Town in and incredible week for the Club. To host such formidable opponents is a testament to how far this club has come in recent times. Three defeats in a week is never great for any side but we concentrate on the positives. Tom is building half a new side after many players departed during the summer and it was a deliberate plan to play triallists in games against top class opposition early on to see who would swim and who would sink. Many players impressed and will be part of the rebuilding exercise as we move forward to our next games .
A massive thank you to all three of our opponents this week who brought their first teams and we believe that despite the results all three opposing teams will feel the fixture was justified.
St Albans were powerful as expected and the 2-1 loss must be viewed in the context of Boro playing two completely new teams, one in each half. Chelmsford City were, if truth be told ,too far advanced of us and again virtually the entire Boro team changed at half time and at 2-0 up at the break the visitors were in total command when they made their changes bringing yet more first team players on for match time. One of them being new signing and prolific scorer Sam Higgins who effortlessly helped himself to a hat trick and with a little more luck would have added even more .
Boro regrouped for Thursday’s game against National league opposition , once again our gratitude to their new manager Danny Searle who approached us only a matter of days earlier and asked if we would provided them with opposition. A request we could not turn down and we certainly did not regret it despite the scoreline. The first half was an even game and the Shots scored early after an opening dominant spell. Boro had their moments too as we grew into the game and in fact bossed possession for the last 20 minutes of the half and almost equalised when a close range thumping header from new boy Chid crashed again the crossbar rebounding to safety .
All to play for at half time however once again as part of the pre season plan several changes were made by both sides and the academy boys and trialists for the Shots proved too strong and more unanswered goals were scored.
A great work out however as we now move on to Staines Town home today , Sudbury away Tuesday and National League Borehamwood home next Saturday. Come and support the boys and be part of the new team we are building as we move towards our opening game which will be at home on 10 August against Corinthian Casuals. The full season’s league fixtures will soon be updated but for those who cannot wait they are on the Isthmian league website