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Humphrys pleased with start to pre-season

15 July 2019

Stephen Humphrys has started where he left off at the end of last season scoring two goals so far in pre-season.

His strike against Billericay, which can be viewed here, was a powerful effort from 25 yards.

Against Weymouth the striker was at it again, this time from a dead ball situation roughly the same distance out.

And the 21-year-old is pleased with scoring and also creating, having set up Isaac Hutchsinson in the 2-2 draw on Friday, but is aware that fitness is the main purpose at the moment.

On scoring another goal in pre-season…

It’s good to get a goal obviously but it’s more about fitness at this stage with it being so early on but it does get the confidence up and it feels good to be scoring.

You work on it in training but when it comes to a matchday that’s what it really matters as a forward, goals and assists, so to get these early doors is good for the confidence.

On scoring quite a lot of long-range goals throughout his career…

Speaking to a few people who have helped me over the years I do need to start scoring more tap-ins because I never really get into them positions to score tap-ins. I have to make up for it with long range shots. This year I’m going to try and get a few more tap-ins if I can but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter where you score from.

On setting up Isaac Hutchinson for the second…

He was just in a better position than me and I do think if I shot from that angle it’s just selfish.

It’s either going to hit the keeper or the post so it’s not a guaranteed goal and Isaac was wide open so I picked him out.

On trying to set more goals up…

I get in positions to score goals and I’m usually on the end of things but Isaac was in a better position than me. I’ve not actually experienced it for a while, getting an assist, so it was a nice feeling.

On scoring free kicks…

When I was a kid I use to take them for my local team and I use to just smash it.

In recent years whenever I did get the chance I’ve ended up curling it and it ends up hitting the wall.

We played with different balls today and I just thought I’m going to smash it and see how it goes and thankfully it worked out.

On what to take from the game…

A lot of fitness. It wasn’t the usual pre-match on Thursday because we did a lot of running and we also did gym work in the afternoon so we were tired and heavy-legged.

To be able to push through that pain barrier, get that fitness and to score a few goals is good and that’s what we will take from it, fitness and just positivity on the ball.

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