Article by Johnnie Lowery
The Christmas period is always a tough time with fixtures piling up, especially when you’re playing several of the top sides in a row, but victory against Gateshead was a perfect was to respond to a couple of disappointing results and keep us right in the mix.
Tranmere’s expected surge has recently been slowed and the other top sides are all still dropping points so the six points off top is not too much at all.
The signing of Harry Beautyman and securing Tom Bolarinwa on a permanent deal will be significant factors in my opinion, with Bolarinwa promising since his return and Beautyman very lively on Saturday.
Both are players that weren’t really given a chance at their League 2 clubs with many supporters of both Stevenage and Grimsby aggrieved the players were allowed to leave, so credit must go to Paul Doswell for some excellent business.
I doubt the players would have wanted to return if they didn’t feel there was a genuine chance of promotion this season as well, which shows the club does have a high level of ambition despite having come from playing in front of 500 people just a few years ago.
League ambition is put on hold for a while though with the Trophy tie against Hendon coming up this Saturday.
Whilst on paper one of the ‘easier’ ties the North London side will be well up for it, and having won 5 of their last 6 games will no doubt be very capable too.