Academy action steps up as new season looms large

‘We had a couple of loan players in the first half and you could see the difference in the result with us being 3-0 up at half-time.

‘It was a good reflection of what will come for these boys in the EFL Trophy, which starts for us in a couple of weeks at Exeter, in that you’ve got to be good on the ball, tactically understand, physically press, and maybe we’re not quite there yet but it was good for them to experience that.

‘They can answer the questions and then we have to rebuild because we go again on Tuesday against Boreham Wood, another National League team. It will be good to see what they learn from this game, to see what they can try to correct against another strong opponent, but the more these boys have these experiences, the better they will be for it.’