Badshot Lea co-manager Gavin Smith has no issue with his side playing catch-up in their quest for promotion from the Combined Counties Premier Division South.

The Baggies trail league leaders Raynes Park Vale by six points – but have three games in hand. Smith’s side also have six games in hand on second-placed Abbey Rangers.

Smith was frustrated after his side’s Combined Counties Premier Division South match at Banstead Athletic was postponed on Saturday. The game was called off after a pitch inspection – and was the only fixture which did not go ahead that day in the league.

“I don’t know why it was called off,” said Smith.

“The Banstead manager rang me on Friday night and said there was a pitch inspection on Saturday.

“Banstead had played in the cup on Wednesday and apparently it chucked it down and the pitch was in a right state.

“Apparently there were puddles on the pitch on Saturday and it was called off – which was frustrating.

“We had trained well and were ready for the game.”

Smith’s side put their frustrations to one side on Tuesday night, when they beat Alton 8-0 at Westfield Lane on their return to league action.

The Baggies now face a gruelling schedule of fixtures every Saturday and Tuesday, but Smith is relishing the prospect of regular football.

“If you’re going to achieve anything you might as well do it the hard way,” he said.

“We’ve got to go to Redhill, Colliers Wood United and Horley Town in midweek – but I quite like a midweek game.

“As a player I always enjoyed midweek games. You have a strict routine in the week of getting up, having breakfast and having lunch. For five days you have that set routine.

“On a Saturday you might get up later and not have breakfast until 11am.

“As a player you always want to play – so I think it’s good for us to have so many games.”

The Baggies will host Horley Town at Westfield Lane on Saturday (3pm).