Wasn't a great game to watch but I think we deserved to win.
We missed a number of good chances in the first half with the closest we came to a goal being Dekka's long range strike that was kept out by a combination of post and keeper, and Billy's shot over the bar from close range. We should have been ahead at half-time but Stokesley hadn't threatened at all.
Stokesley came out and had a go in the second half, enjoying much more possession but created few chances. Marske found some momentum again with the introduction of Gilly and I always felt we were more likely to win the game. The goal finally came in the last 20 minutes with Onions curling a cheeky free-kick around the wall, with the unsighted Stokesley keeper unable to react in time to keep the ball out.
Video below, complete with some slightly suspect dancing skills:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsfDpvxIONw
We were able to see the rest of the game out without too much trouble, which is testament to the performance of the defence and I can't argue with the choice of Carling for MOTM.
Some may question the team selection but I think compared to last season, there will be more competition for places and with 46 league games to come, plus hopefully a cup run or two, I don't think anyone will be playing every game, week in, week out. We need to have a strong squad to get through this season and the level of talent we had on the bench yesterday shows we're heading in the right direction on that front.
It's also a relief that we were able to progress without needing a replay, unlike next week's opponents Newton Aycliffe, who now face a long midweek trip to Cumbria after drawing with Holker Old Boys yesterday.