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Stancliffe pleased with first-team progression of youngsters

4 December 2018

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Paul Stancliffe says the number of youth team players involved in matchday squads this season is a sign of the real potential at the club.

Stancliffe's side have now reached the half-way point of their campaign which has seen players such as Branden Horton and AJ Greaves get spells in and around the first-team while his side sit in the top-four of their division.

He added: "AJ's with the first-team at Charlton which is a plus, it's a reward for him doing so well and it's great to see.

"The team as a whole so far have been great with the start we had, but in the last couple games we've not picked up points which highlights how good we were at the start.

"There are some good teams in this league so it's guaranteed to be tough at times and we've done ever so well."

Stancliffe's side were narrowly beaten 3-2 at Hartlepool on Saturday, with the home side snatching all the points with a late winner.

Jack Watson and Rieves Boocock both scored in the encounter which saw Hartlepool mount a remarkable come-back late on.

Stancliffe said: "I think we were unlucky because there were some spells where we played some really good stuff and got punished for little bad spells, which is fair play to them because they've been able to capitalise on that.

"We had enough chances in the second-half to certainly get a point, if not three, which is disappointing. It was a good game involving two good teams, they should have enjoyed playing in conditions like this - and Dec Ogley's played really well and pulled off some really good saves."

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