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HAPPY RETURNS

Posted on 27 July 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen was delighted with the 45-minute shifts from Aaron Lennon and Jermaine Jenas on their return to action at Bishop's Stortford.

Clive Allen was delighted with the 45-minute shifts from Aaron Lennon and Jermaine Jenas on their return to action at Bishop's Stortford.

The pair were heavily involved as we charged into a 5-0 lead at the interval in the friendly at Woodside Park with Aaron producing the moment of the night via a sublime chip for the fourth goal.

Andy Barcham got the ball rolling with the first two goals, Reto Ziegler cracked home the third, Lee Barnard made it five just before the break and Simon Dawkins stole the show with a hat-trick in the second half as we ran out 8-1 winners.

“It was the first run for the two internationals and they showed they are in good shape,†reported development coach Clive.

“They’ve not had the longest of breaks after the World Cup but you could see with Aaron and Jermaine that they’ve not lost too much fitness.

“For the younger lads it’s great to be playing alongside the internationals and more senior players and again I’ve got to say how pleased I am with the attitude and performances that the seniors have put in and the young lads are also showing what they are capable of.

“We carved out a number of chances and were clinical in and around the final third where perhaps we let ourselves down in the first couple of Spurs XI friendlies. The youngsters can see how important it is to make it count in those areas.â€Â

Clive felt Simon’s hat-trick display in the second half underlined the healthy competition throughout the club as the young striker bids for more reserve team minutes next season.

“That’s exactly what we’re looking for,†added Clive. “We’ve one or two youngsters in the Academy desperate to play for the reserves and reserves who are pushing for the first team squad.

“You need that competition and players know they have to perform week in, week out.â€Â