Like most people inside the Kuflink Stadium, striker Alex Reid felt the minority overruled the majority in refusing the Fleet a penalty – but the minority were the only ones who mattered in the end.
“I think probably 99% of the stadium and on the pitch thought it was a penalty,” Reid told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “But the other 1% was the linesman and referee didn’t agree. To us, we think that should have been a penalty but we need them decisions to go for us and they haven’t today.”
Reid opened his account for the club seven minutes before half-time, having previously found the net at this level on loan for Wrexham, Solihull Moors and AFC Fylde.
“It came down the right wing, Westy’s given their full-back a torrid time and Lawrie slipped it to Bally,” Reid said of his goal. “He rapped it across the box and I was just in the right place at the right time.
“It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet and try hard for the team and try to get a win. It feels like a little bit of a loss just because of the amount of chances we had. But hopefully I’ll score goals, win games and help us get up that table.”
Of the game, Reid was as disappointed as most of those watching on that Fleet were denied the first home win.
” It feels like a little bit of a loss just because of the amount of chances we had,” he said. “We could have come away from the game being 3-1 or 4-1 on a different day but that happens. We’ve just got to build on it really.
“For the neutrals it was end-to-end, 1-1, it could have gone either way. We could have got a penalty, they could have got [a goal] at the end, we could have nicked a few. It was an entertaining game. We’re happy to come away with a point but we feel like it’s two points dropped. It’s something to build on, it’s positive, we’ve got a positive group of lads. We’re all sticking together, all working hard and we’ll get ourselves where we should be in the table.”
Reid has settled quickly after making his debut from the bench last Saturday, having joined Stevenage at the same time as James Ball in summer 2018.
“It’s good, I’ve enjoyed it and it’s a great group of lads,” he said of his new surroundings. “The gaffer’s made me welcome and the lads in the changing room. Obviously I already knew [James] Ball but it’s positive. We took a point from Dover, a point here and arguably could have three points so it’s just building and building every week.”