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Noble: 'We'll be alright if we play like that'

David Noble says he saw enough signs in the agonising defeat to Solihull Moors that his side have what it takes to preserve the club's National League status.

The Stones were sunk by a stoppage-time goal on Bank Holiday Monday, despite digging deep to have a real go at the National League high-fliers and the FA Trophy semi-finalists. They now need to transfer some of that spirit into their last six games starting with Boreham Wood on Saturday.

"During my time at the club that would be our best performance in terms of not getting what we deserved," said Noble, the manager. "It feels like nothing is breaking for us. Things will turn if we keep putting in performances like that. It will swing round.

"Barring 15 mins towards the end of the first half, we stuck to the structure and stuck to the game plan. We just need goals, which is obviously the important bit. We put a few over the stand, the keeper made a couple of saves and we just didn't pick the right option when it came to a couple of breakaways. I'd worry more if we weren't getting the chances. They boys' chins are down because of the manner of the result. You know as a player and as a staff when you put in a good performance and that was a good performance. That one was tough to take.

"They should take confidence from that. That's the message I said to them. If they play like that, we'll be alright. We've got to keep to that level. We haven't got the result but I was pleased with a quite a bit.

"Saturday is now a massive game. We've got a week to recover, we'll train on Thursday, we'll go through the gameplan for Boreham Wood and do what we need to get a result on Saturday. We'll look to win there. And we'll need the Wealdstone fans to be as they always are between now and the end of the season. The players will need all the lift they can get. The support has been superb and we need it."

Added Nathan Ferguson: "If we perform like that between now and the end of the season, we'll get results. We didn't get the rub of the green. We were the better side and we deserved the three points. We had to lift the performance levels after Friday and I thought we did that. We've got to go to Boreham Wood and get a win. The fans are going to help us, lift us and give us some energy."

Pictures by Jon Taffel


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