Seaborne takes a big step forward

Daily Echo: Seaborne takes a big step forward Seaborne takes a big step forward

It was a case of one step back to hopefully make two giant strides forward for Dan Seaborne last night.

The centre half was back to where it all started for him, Exeter City.

Having left St James Park in January 2010 for League One Saints, he surely would have barely have believed he would return to east Devon two-and-a-half years later just weeks days away from potentially playing his first game in the Premier League .

But then he probably wouldn’t have wanted to believe he would be back for a pre-season friendly as part of a Saints XI, basically a youth team with just a couple of senior pros.

But this is the course things have taken for Seaborne and last night’s step back in time for him was all part of the rehabilitation to make major advances.

After missing so much of last season with a serious head injury sustained in a well publicised off-the-field incident, Seaborne, right, was always going to have to feel his way back.

Encouragingly, the things that the subconscious can rob you of after serious injuries didn’t seem to be a problem – he remains brave and commanding and willing to put his head in.

His touch and distribution are still finding their way, but they are things that can naturally return with time, training and matches.

It was another positive move in the right direction as Seaborne edges nearer to a fully fledged return.

The game itself was nothing to write home about in terms of entertainment but Saints did a professional job.

Senior pros Seaborne, Lee Barnard and Ryan Dickson put in a good shift, adding the class that got them the 2-1 win.

Add to that a few decent stops from the imposing figure of new keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, and a few of the youngsters doing well against experienced opposition, and it was a satisfying evening’s work for Martin Hunter and his side.

The closest Saints came in the first half was a far post half volley from Sam Hoskins that went into the side netting, while Gazzaniga saved well from a Danny Coles header back across goal and Ben Reeves got a Liam Sercombe drive off the line.

Exeter started the second period well and forced Gazzaniga into a couple of quick saves, first from former Saint Arron Davies and then Craig Woodman before Jamie Cureton, still looking classy despite his advancing years, did beat the keeper but not the post.

However, Saints got their win with a burst of class that brought two goals in four minutes.

Dickson provided both with left wing crosses, the first picking out the head of Lloyd Isgrove, who planted his effort into the far corner despite having only just been introduced to the action.

The second Dickson cross was parried by Isgrove and Barnard showed his predatory instincts to get to the loose ball first and fire home via a deflection from six yards out.

Guillem Bauza bagged a consolation for Exeter with four minutes remaining via a low drive into the bottom corner.

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9:23am Thu 26 Jul 12

insane saint says...

good to have him back
good to have him back insane saint

10:10am Thu 26 Jul 12

St Retford says...

Nice report. Decent.
Nice report. Decent. St Retford

10:59am Thu 26 Jul 12

saintdave1976 says...

We want prem quality where's this jermain lens then?? Anybody know??
We want prem quality where's this jermain lens then?? Anybody know?? saintdave1976

11:02am Thu 26 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

saintdave1976 wrote:
We want prem quality where's this jermain lens then?? Anybody know??
lens? Looks like we haven't seen through this one.
[quote][p][bold]saintdave1976[/bold] wrote: We want prem quality where's this jermain lens then?? Anybody know??[/p][/quote]lens? Looks like we haven't seen through this one. OSPREYSAINT

11:34am Thu 26 Jul 12

St Retford says...

Btw the bird on the homepage yesterday was miles fitter than today's.

: (((
Btw the bird on the homepage yesterday was miles fitter than today's. : ((( St Retford

12:01pm Thu 26 Jul 12

george chivers says...

Good luck to Dan Seabourne. I hope his recovery continues at a rate of knots. But he won't cut the mustard in the P.L. Lacks pace and is not quick enough on the turn. Championship/Div 1 player. As are Barnard and Dickson. Although I think Dickson has been unlucky with us, I prefer him to Harding. Somebody could get a bargain with him if he doesn't see out his contract.
Good luck to Dan Seabourne. I hope his recovery continues at a rate of knots. But he won't cut the mustard in the P.L. Lacks pace and is not quick enough on the turn. Championship/Div 1 player. As are Barnard and Dickson. Although I think Dickson has been unlucky with us, I prefer him to Harding. Somebody could get a bargain with him if he doesn't see out his contract. george chivers

12:20pm Thu 26 Jul 12

Vordhosbn says...

saintdave1976 wrote:
We want prem quality where's this jermain lens then?? Anybody know??
I think The Don has taken out the Sky Sports source, been nothing on there about us for days...hopefully we will unveil someone on Saturday
[quote][p][bold]saintdave1976[/bold] wrote: We want prem quality where's this jermain lens then?? Anybody know??[/p][/quote]I think The Don has taken out the Sky Sports source, been nothing on there about us for days...hopefully we will unveil someone on Saturday Vordhosbn

12:37pm Thu 26 Jul 12

Andy Lombardi says...

Welcome back Dan! This game was a bonus after all our fears. Time now to move on, gently, and prove your knockers wrong.

Good luck big fella!
Welcome back Dan! This game was a bonus after all our fears. Time now to move on, gently, and prove your knockers wrong. Good luck big fella! Andy Lombardi

1:08pm Thu 26 Jul 12

mack chinnon says...

St Retford wrote:
Btw the bird on the homepage yesterday was miles fitter than today's.

: (((
Big jugs though.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Btw the bird on the homepage yesterday was miles fitter than today's. : ((([/p][/quote]Big jugs though. mack chinnon

3:20pm Thu 26 Jul 12

ShakeyWiffles says...

The English in this report is astounding. Leith, scrub up!
The English in this report is astounding. Leith, scrub up! ShakeyWiffles

3:21pm Thu 26 Jul 12

ShakeyWiffles says...

ShakeyWiffles wrote:
The English in this report is astounding. Leith, scrub up!
Leitch*
[quote][p][bold]ShakeyWiffles[/bold] wrote: The English in this report is astounding. Leith, scrub up![/p][/quote]Leitch* ShakeyWiffles

3:30pm Thu 26 Jul 12

tugboat says...

Andy Lombardi wrote:
Welcome back Dan! This game was a bonus after all our fears. Time now to move on, gently, and prove your knockers wrong.

Good luck big fella!
Exactly,said the same thing on my wedding night.
[quote][p][bold]Andy Lombardi[/bold] wrote: Welcome back Dan! This game was a bonus after all our fears. Time now to move on, gently, and prove your knockers wrong. Good luck big fella![/p][/quote]Exactly,said the same thing on my wedding night. tugboat

5:20pm Thu 26 Jul 12

joelster says...

Help!!!

Hey Great Saints fans! I need some help.

I am coming over to watch Udinese game with my family from Canada. (First time I have seen saints live since I was like 12 (25 years ago)

Anyway, can I get some help from you on a few questions-
1. Where should I purchase tickets for my family that don't have to hear much profanity.What section? (little kids)
2. When does the game usually end?
3.What else should I know about the stadium? (things to buy at store...food...)
thanks a lot
Joel
Help!!! Hey Great Saints fans! I need some help. I am coming over to watch Udinese game with my family from Canada. (First time I have seen saints live since I was like 12 (25 years ago) Anyway, can I get some help from you on a few questions- 1. Where should I purchase tickets for my family that don't have to hear much profanity.What section? (little kids) 2. When does the game usually end? 3.What else should I know about the stadium? (things to buy at store...food...) thanks a lot Joel joelster

5:21pm Thu 26 Jul 12

joelster says...

Help!!!

Hey Great Saints fans! I need some help.

I am coming over to watch Udinese game with my family from Canada. (First time I have seen saints live since I was like 12 (25 years ago)

Anyway, can I get some help from you on a few questions-
1. Where should I purchase tickets for my family that don't have to hear much profanity.What section? (little kids)
2. When does the game usually end?
3.What else should I know about the stadium? (things to buy at store...food...)
thanks a lot
Joel
Help!!! Hey Great Saints fans! I need some help. I am coming over to watch Udinese game with my family from Canada. (First time I have seen saints live since I was like 12 (25 years ago) Anyway, can I get some help from you on a few questions- 1. Where should I purchase tickets for my family that don't have to hear much profanity.What section? (little kids) 2. When does the game usually end? 3.What else should I know about the stadium? (things to buy at store...food...) thanks a lot Joel joelster

12:50am Fri 27 Jul 12

abbiscuits says...

joelster wrote:
Help!!! Hey Great Saints fans! I need some help. I am coming over to watch Udinese game with my family from Canada. (First time I have seen saints live since I was like 12 (25 years ago) Anyway, can I get some help from you on a few questions- 1. Where should I purchase tickets for my family that don't have to hear much profanity.What section? (little kids) 2. When does the game usually end? 3.What else should I know about the stadium? (things to buy at store...food...) thanks a lot Joel
Joel, the Chapel end is quiet and has family area, Itchen isn't that vocal either. The game is a 7pm kick off
(i think you need to check). All seats give good views .Food is good instadium, though a bit pricey. Not sure of curry places, my son and I normally call British Homestores resturant - it's not brill but value for money, especially if you get kids meal and help yourself to the fruit, choc etc to take in stadium with you
;-).
Buy tickets on-line and either collect at ticket booth or as late kick of buy on day 90 mins b4 k/o. Enjoy your day, i'm in itchen stand hopeing to get signitures from players and shake NA hand near tunnel.
[quote][p][bold]joelster[/bold] wrote: Help!!! Hey Great Saints fans! I need some help. I am coming over to watch Udinese game with my family from Canada. (First time I have seen saints live since I was like 12 (25 years ago) Anyway, can I get some help from you on a few questions- 1. Where should I purchase tickets for my family that don't have to hear much profanity.What section? (little kids) 2. When does the game usually end? 3.What else should I know about the stadium? (things to buy at store...food...) thanks a lot Joel[/p][/quote]Joel, the Chapel end is quiet and has family area, Itchen isn't that vocal either. The game is a 7pm kick off (i think you need to check). All seats give good views .Food is good instadium, though a bit pricey. Not sure of curry places, my son and I normally call British Homestores resturant - it's not brill but value for money, especially if you get kids meal and help yourself to the fruit, choc etc to take in stadium with you ;-). Buy tickets on-line and either collect at ticket booth or as late kick of buy on day 90 mins b4 k/o. Enjoy your day, i'm in itchen stand hopeing to get signitures from players and shake NA hand near tunnel. abbiscuits

10:58am Fri 27 Jul 12

saintdave1976 says...

abbiscuits wrote:
joelster wrote:
Help!!! Hey Great Saints fans! I need some help. I am coming over to watch Udinese game with my family from Canada. (First time I have seen saints live since I was like 12 (25 years ago) Anyway, can I get some help from you on a few questions- 1. Where should I purchase tickets for my family that don't have to hear much profanity.What section? (little kids) 2. When does the game usually end? 3.What else should I know about the stadium? (things to buy at store...food...) thanks a lot Joel
Joel, the Chapel end is quiet and has family area, Itchen isn't that vocal either. The game is a 7pm kick off
(i think you need to check). All seats give good views .Food is good instadium, though a bit pricey. Not sure of curry places, my son and I normally call British Homestores resturant - it's not brill but value for money, especially if you get kids meal and help yourself to the fruit, choc etc to take in stadium with you
;-).
Buy tickets on-line and either collect at ticket booth or as late kick of buy on day 90 mins b4 k/o. Enjoy your day, i'm in itchen stand hopeing to get signitures from players and shake NA hand near tunnel.
The Ichen North is u donut even more so this season!!! Right next to the away fans!!! Get in there!!! :-D!!!
[quote][p][bold]abbiscuits[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joelster[/bold] wrote: Help!!! Hey Great Saints fans! I need some help. I am coming over to watch Udinese game with my family from Canada. (First time I have seen saints live since I was like 12 (25 years ago) Anyway, can I get some help from you on a few questions- 1. Where should I purchase tickets for my family that don't have to hear much profanity.What section? (little kids) 2. When does the game usually end? 3.What else should I know about the stadium? (things to buy at store...food...) thanks a lot Joel[/p][/quote]Joel, the Chapel end is quiet and has family area, Itchen isn't that vocal either. The game is a 7pm kick off (i think you need to check). All seats give good views .Food is good instadium, though a bit pricey. Not sure of curry places, my son and I normally call British Homestores resturant - it's not brill but value for money, especially if you get kids meal and help yourself to the fruit, choc etc to take in stadium with you ;-). Buy tickets on-line and either collect at ticket booth or as late kick of buy on day 90 mins b4 k/o. Enjoy your day, i'm in itchen stand hopeing to get signitures from players and shake NA hand near tunnel.[/p][/quote]The Ichen North is u donut even more so this season!!! Right next to the away fans!!! Get in there!!! :-D!!! saintdave1976

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