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Glassboys did the town proud - claims Hackett
11:43am Thursday 12th December 2013 in Sport
GARY Hackett has to get his troops back focussed on their Southern League campaign now that the glamour and glitz of their FA Cup run has come to a conclusion.
The Glassboys manager exclaimed: “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved. To have been the lowest ranked club left in the competition is quite something and we’ve had some great days out.
“To be honest, I didn’t think we’d ever match the atmosphere at Plymouth Argyle, but I found the whole experience at Stevenage uplifting.
“We went and had a go. We didn’t go to shut up shop and went and took the game to them.
“To be honest, I thought Stevenage looked nervy and twitchy for the first 25 minutes and didn’t think they settled down until they got the second goal.
“The FA Cup has been an amazing adventure and we’ve had a magnificent run, but that’s all forgotten now. We’ve still got 27 league games to play and we have to refocus”.
For more than 40 minutes, the glorious Glassboys matched League One opponents Stevenage and could have taken a third minute lead when striker Luke Benbow, who proved a real handful all game. flashed a shot narrowly wide with goalie Chris Day beaten.
Day was tested again, having to dive full stretch to keep out a Ryan Rowe header on 35 minutes.
Admittedly Stevenage were creating chances as well, but they caught the Glassboys with a well worked corner routine just two minutes from half time when Luke Freeman crossed for Francois Zoko to head home.
The killer blow arrived within three minutes after the break when Lucas Akins’ looping header was allowed to bounce off the top of the crossbar, enabling Akins to prod home from close range.
The Glassboys had a mountain to climb from that point and fell further behind on the hour when Akins got clear down the right and squared the ball across goal for Freeman to fire home at the second attempt.
Stevenage added a fourth goal two minutes from time when Sean Geddes was judged to have fouled Filipe Morais who got up to slot home the following penalty to complete victory Hackett has now confirmed he’ll be looking to bring new players in to strengthen the squad and claimed: “I’ve got a couple of targets in mind which I hope to be bringing in within the next couple of weeks”.
Hackett has full back Paul Lloyd sidelined with a knee injury, while former Kidderminster Harrier Dean Bennett is now featuring for Chasetown.
However, long time injury victim Sam Rock featured for the Glassboys this week in their 2-0 win over a youthful Wolves side in the Birmingham Senior Cup.
Hackett claimed: “It was a nice game to play and there wasn’t too much pressure involved. Both Kayleden Brown and Chris Knight played and did well. There were plenty of positives to take out the game”.
The Glassboys host Arlesey Town this Saturday and then entertain Frome Town the following Tuesday
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