Encouraging signs in reserve

Alex Dyer will get to work with his young charges again this week believing they have what it takes to give manager Avram Grant plenty of food for thought this season.

The reserve-team manager went into the weekend on a high after the 4-0 win away to Bishop's Stortford last Thursday. Freddie Sears, who dropped down from the first team, may have got the headlines with all four goals but Dyer was especially encouraged by the efforts of his whole side.

The likes of Cristian Montano and Ahmed Abdulla looked lively up front, while Anthony Edgar and Olly Lee showed their experience at this level with energetic midfield displays. Also standing out was the 16-year-old George Moncur, who has lit up the second string's summer so far with performances of precision and poise that go far beyond his years.

"I was delighted with the result, but more with the performance," he said. "It was great, the boys worked hard. To be fair they had done in the previous two games [against Thurrock and Burton] as well.

"We have got a bunch of young lads in there who work hard for each other. We have got a group together with good unity and they are working hard for each other. George's future looks bright, he has trained well and, alongside Olly Lee, has helped us boss it in midfield."

It was also noticeable to see Jordan Spence, Matt Fry, Holmar Eyjolfsson and Jordan Brown show good composure at the back in front of Marek Stech and Peter Kurucz, who had a half each. "I am trying in training to get all the lads - no matter what position they play - comfortable in possession. It bodes well for the future and the first team."