However, Ball is a lot younger than Montrose and is new to this role, having been a number 7/10 last season. I'd give it time. He'll come good with more experience and coaching. Today he showed that Montrose-esque knack of being able to stretch and steal the ball after it looked as if he might have been beaten. Winter doesn't seem to have that. He's strong in the tackle but doesn't seem as nimble. Though when he does lose the ball he chases it relentlessly, so we can't ask for much more in that regard.
I also agree that we missed Stephenson today. He brings an added physical presence to our attack, reducing the burden on Oswell, and has pace to burn. He also brings balance, being left footed.
I felt as if today was a game for Gary Stopforth. Had he started instead of Walker there's no way Harrogate would have been able to move the ball with such ease. Walker is clearly a very technically gifted player, and I'm not putting him down here, I'm just pointing out that he's a different type of midfielder to Stopforth, who is very high energy.
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