Reserves boss Steve Simpkin offers his thoughts as Makafui Johnson's goal seals a much-needed point.

The forward’s second half strike put a stop to a dismal streak of form for the reserves, as positive signs arise for the latter end of the season.

From managing a depleted squad to tackling low confidence, Steve Simpkin’s reserves faced a torrid four months.

Plagued by injuries and other absences, the North Riding Premier League outfit suffered many continuous defeats, bagging their first point since September yesterday afternoon.

Makafui Johnson struck early in the second period to snatch the sought-after point, a result which the boss believes could finally breed much-needed confidence for his down-beat side.

STEVE SIMPKIN

Relieved to see better fortune fall upon his industrious reserves, Steve proved optimistic heading in to a spell of important games.

The boss admitted his side felt the benefit of key players’ return to action, speaking with a rejuvenated optimism to start the new year.

A much needed point earned today, which will hopefully give the lads a confidence boost that can help us start picking up some points in the games to come.

Although I am mildly frustrated, as I feel we probably should have come away with all 3, having got to half time at 0-0, playing against a strong wind, and then going 1-0 up early in the second half. 

It was frustrating when for 20 mins in the second half, we defended far too deep, invited Stokesley to have all the ball, and they rightly punished us with the equaliser.

However, we are keeping things positive: having a full bench for the third game running is a huge step forward from earlier in the season, which saw us going to games with a bare 11. 

Having Lucas Bell and Highfield both coming back from long injuries helps, and the new additions in the squad are starting to settle in.

With 3 of our next 4 games against teams in and around us, it’s great to be seeing much more positive signs.

Striving for a better end to a tough season, Steve finished his thoughts with a plea for YOUR support, adding it could really benefit the reserves through an important spell of play.

Great Ayton next at home, hopefully on our main pitch. 
 
It would be great to get some of the regulars who follow the first team along, as well as our junior section. Having some much needed support would really help the lads I’m sure.

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