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Maynard purring after quality of performance against Aldershot

"It's probably one of the best all-round performances I've ever seen in the National League."

Those were the words of manager Stuart Maynard after he saw his side come from behind to defeat Aldershot in thrilling fashion on Saturday.

The Stones fell behind for the third successive game but this time, unlike at home to Torquay and Southend, they found a cutting edge to their neat interplay and not only found an equaliser but then conjured up a winner, Rhys Browne scoring twice in ten second-half minutes.

"I thought we started very slow and it's the last thing that we said in the dressing room was to make sure we start fast away from home," said Maynard. "Aldershot had a couple of good results at home so we wanted to make sure that we started fast, but we started slow. But from the minute that they scored their goal we controlled the game and it's probably one of the best all-round performances I've ever seen in the National League – and that's researching all the other clubs.

"A huge credit to all the lads to come in at half time one nil down in the National League, which is tough, and still go out there and play with that belief. It was unbelievable, some of the greatest football I have seen in this level and it's a huge credit to the lads they've stuck to the beliefs. We tweaked our shape a little bit today and the lads took it on board in a week and they executed it unbelievable. It was a very very dominant performance and it could have been five or six goals."

Rhys Browne grabbed the headlines with two goals, taking his tally to seven for the season and making the National League Team of the Day.

"Goal scorers are always important in every team and I thought he took both of his chances really well. He probably had a couple of easier ones that he should have scored. But Brownie brings a hell of a lot more than just scoring goals. He comes in and links to play and he can go 1v1. I thought Fela and him were outstanding.

"Some of Tarryn's runs, that people don't see, to create the space for Brownie to create the space for Fela were so unselfish. He does the hard yards, running in behind to narrow teams up. He was outstanding but I could go through the whole team. Everyone was brilliant.

"A huge credit to Sam Howes. He makes an unbelievable save at 2-1, down to his near post. They barely got over the halfway line and he has to stay focused."

*Pictures by Jon Taffel

* The Supporters Club are holding their next fundraising night on Saturday, October 22. All proceeds go to supporting the Football Club. Call James on 07979 795414 to get your tickets


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