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Groves pleased with progress

Posted: Tue 26 Feb 2013
Author: Mick Cunningham

Charlie Davis celebrates his goal

Image by: Mick Cunningham

Paul Groves was pleased with the character of his young side as they came from behind twice to claim a draw against an older and more physical Daggers side in the South East Counties League.

Jake McCarthy got the slightest of touches to equalise midway through the first half, and after falling behind just 20 seconds after the break, a brilliant free kick from Charlie Davis earned the point just after the hour mark.
 
It was a match that contrasted two very different styles of football and Groves felt that the Cherries could take a lot from the performance.
 
“We showed belief, spirit and mental strength.” Groves told afcb.co.uk. “In the first half we looked a threat despite going a goal behind, and showed good character to get back in to the game.
 
“We lost Jake McCarthy at half time and that was a big blow. To go behind again so soon after the break was a real test of character again, but we showed good qualities to get back on level terms.”
 
Dagenham as expected had a big physical presence, but Groves felt the side coped with that well and gained a great deal from the game.
 
“We got more from the game, our quality was better. We had a lot of young players in the side as we look to integrate the 16’s in to the youth programme.
 
“It was a tough test for them, not so much when they had the ball, but in an organisational sense when they didn’t have it.
 
“After both goals we conceded, they stuck to their task well and overall I was pleased with the performance.”