Bottom club hold Badshot Lea

By Colin Channon   |   Editorial manager   |
Thursday 13th October 2022 6:00 am
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Co-manager Gavin Smith
Co-manager Gavin Smith (Tindle )

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Badshot Lea’s 100 per record start to the league season came to a shuddering halt when they were held 2-2 by bottom club Banstead.

But don’t expect co-manager Gavin Smith to press the panic button any time soon.

The Baggies are at the top of the table and Smith admitted: “We always knew it was going to be a tough game.

“I’ll be honest, I don’t enjoy playing them at the best of times, and especially when they are bottom of the league with just one point and we are top with seven wins out of seven.

“You just know things are not going to the way everyone else expects it to go.

“I’ve watched the video back and we were on top – although they had chances – and we just couldn’t get the second goal which I think would have meant we would have gone on to win the match comfortably.

“They made things difficult for us – they did what they had to do, they had a game plan and defended well.

“In the first half things didn’t go our way – we thought we had scored a perfectly good goal that was disallowed for offside – and you know as the game goes on at 1-0 they have a chance.

“We were a bit harsh on our lads at half-time because we felt with the players we have we should be scoring more goals, and make more of our opportunities, and in the second half they defended on their 18-yard box and made it hard.

“Their manager set the side up really well and made it hard for us to break them down – we had all the ball but couldn’t get behind them.

“Then they won a corner and scored and we found ourselves 2-1 down – and thinking the worst.

“But give our lads credit, they kept on going and scored a good goal n the 88th minute and could even have gone on to win it.

“Looking back, we have got to be happy with the point because I knew it would be tough – they made it difficult for us and they did it well.

“These things happen. If we had lost, we would have been really disappointed but after eight games, to have dropped only two points, you can’t ask for more.

“We could be over-critical of the lads but there are only two teams in the league who are unbeaten, and we are one of them.

“Other teams are going to improve as the season goes on but we have to concentrate on ourselves and keep pushing on.

“We have Sheerwater this weekend and they lost 7-0 to Jersey Bulls on Tuesday night. We have to play well and take our chances and we should be all right.

“We started this well last season too. We have played some good teams this season and we have done well – we just have to concentrate on winning as many games as we can.”

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