SIMON Colbran says there were plenty of positives to take out of last night’s defeat at Wealdstone.
A depleted Hornets side missing four first XI players went down 3-0 at St George’s Stadium with Richard Jolly’s brace and a Wes Parker goal enough to hand the Stones victory.
Despite missing key players, Colbran’s side enjoyed good spells in the match, which came in the middle of Wealdstone’s much publicised two FA Trophy semi-final legs against Newport County.
Colbran said: “It was always going to be tough for two reasons. They are absolutely buzzing because of their FA Trophy success and their current league form is good, while we had four players missing last night.
“I always look at the positives, but it wasn’t hard to do that last night because we were absolutely brilliant first-half, there’s no way they deserved to go in 2-0 up.
“It was just a case of two quick goals but I actually thought first 20 minutes we were the better side. We had a decent penalty shout turned down and a free kick not given in a good position, and considering we were up against it, it was brilliant.
“Then again for the first 15 minutes of the second half we did well before getting tired, but that was always going to happen with the amount of players we had out.
“Their manager even said he was surprised with the football we played, and we are starting to get it down and play.”
The game saw full debuts for assistant manager Wayne Clarke on the right wing, and Scott Harris, returning for his second spell at the club. Ciro Donadio and new signing Femi Akintundi also came off the bench in the second half, and Colbran was pleased with what he saw.
“They all did well,” he said. “I thought Wayne Clarke was excellent and gave their very good left back a tough time. Scott Harris is a good central midfielder but he can do a job at right back as he showed, and Charlie Farmer, who’s only 21, also impressed me at centre back.”