Why Steve­nage’s Tom Pett is in a Lit­tle spot of bother

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Sam El­liott

FOOT­BALLERS can ex­pect to get stick from fans when they fail to get on the score­sheet – but Steve­nage’s Tom Pett is get­ting it from his other half!

And when your part­ner is a top pro­fes­sional in the women’s game, then you can’t ar­gue that she doesn’t know what she’s talk­ing about…

Pett’s mis­sus is Seat­tle Reign and Scot­land in­ter­na­tional, Kim Lit­tle, 25, for­merly of Arse­nal Ladies. She’s notched 44 goals in 108 games for her coun­try.

Mid­fielder Pett, 24, mean­while, has scored just once for Steve­nage this sea­son.

“She (Kim) has been giv­ing me a bit of stick for not scor­ing,” Pett told the

Hert­ford­shire Mer­cury. “She’s been at the last cou­ple of games. I can take it, it’s fine.

“She’s go­ing away to Scot­land in the next cou­ple of weeks for a friendly and then she’s go­ing back to the States for an­other sea­son. She’s go­ing to sunny Seat­tle while we’re graft­ing!”

DEAN Wells never thought he would see the day when a sup­porter sung his name – let alone when a young fan donned a fake beard in his hon­our!

Not so long ago the Steve­nage cen­tralde­fen­sive war­rior was sit­ting in a cell miss­ing his boy af­ter serv­ing time for his part in an or­gan­ised fight be­tween ri­val Brent­ford and Ley­ton Ori­ent fans.

But five years on, Wells is now the per­fect role model – turn­ing not just his ca­reer on its head, but his life around.

Per­haps the mo­ment he knew he had com­pleted the trans­for­ma­tion came hours be­fore Boro’s League Two match with Ex­eter City last week­end.

Young Harry Garner got busy – the seven-year-old Steve­nage sup­porter con­vinced dad Paul to get the Sel­lotape and scis­sors out and slap on a fresh fa­cial trim.

The pic­ture was sent to the club’s twit­ter ac­count and they retweeted the gar­den shot to their near-30,000 fol­low­ers – and lit­tle Harry was sud­denly a well-known fig­ure at the Lamex Sta­dium.

Wells, 30, said: “It’s bril­liant – I could never have pre­dicted a sup­porter would make such a spe­cial ef­fort to go to a game look­ing like me.

“Even though we lost 2-0 I hope Harry en­joyed his day. It was a lovely ges­ture.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

STAR PLAYER: Kim Lit­tle in Team GB colours and, in­set, part­ner Tom Pett

BEARDED WON­DER: Harry Garner and, below, his hero Dean Wells

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