Stansted stop Swifts in friendly clash

PUBLISHED: 14:01 26 July 2007 | UPDATED: 21:45 29 May 2010

Action from Stansted’s (orange) trip to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts on Saturday – Pic: Michael Boyton

Action from Stansted's (orange) trip to Bishop's Stortford Swifts on Saturday - Pic: Michael Boyton

STANSTED made it two wins from two in their pre-season friendly matches with a 2-0 victory at Bishop s Stortford Swifts on Saturday. The Airportmen also kept their second successive clean sheet in a game they dominated from the outset. It was a very good

STANSTED made it two wins from two in their pre-season friendly matches with a 2-0 victory at Bishop's Stortford Swifts on Saturday.

The Airportmen also kept their second successive clean sheet in a game they dominated from the outset.

"It was a very good all round performance and a great workout," said Stansted boss Terry Spillane. "We were 2-0 up at half-time and we edged the second half as well, hitting the post twice.

"We played some really good football which was pleasing and I was very encouraged by what I saw."

Goals came from 24-year old striker Sam McCarthy, who joined the club from Eton Manor at the end of last season and 21-year-old Danny Dobson who has signed from Thurrock.

"Sam is a strong striker who knows where the goal is and I thought Danny took his goal well and they really complimented each other," said Spillane.

The manager singled out his new look defence which consisted of Tony Barnes and captain Mike Palmieri alongside new signings Steve Brown and Steve Merrick for special praise.

"The defence is looking superb," he said. "They like a clean sheet and I can't see us conceding 100 odd goals again next year.

"They are strong and well organised and no one will enjoy playing against them."

Other players to sign for the club this week include striker Danny Dow, 23, and 23-year-old midfielder Bradley Walsh.

"Danny is a good front runner and is strong and pacey. He is training to be a stunt man at the moment so won't mind sticking his head in where it hurts!

"I'm really pleased Bradley has signed and I expect big things from him. He is a good lad to have in your changing room."

The manager has revealed that he still hopes to add to his squad.

"I'm really pleased with the squad we have got, but I'm looking to get 2/3 more this week," he said.

"One of which is midfielder Paul Seymour who is quick with a first class delivery. He has come from White Ensign and I'm hoping he will put pen to paper this week."

Stansted visit Takeley tonight (Thursday) before travelling to Slade Green on Saturday.

"The results in friendlies doesn't matter on paper, but it's a great confidence builder and winning becomes a habit," said Spillane.

- STANSTED are looking for a physio for match days and one night during the week. Anybody interested should ring Spillane on 07944 074 994.

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