Angry Lee Howells plans changes after Bath City's defeat at Havant & Waterlooville
Bath City head coach Lee Howells warned he would willingly change “four or five” of his under-performing side in the immediate aftermath of Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat at Havant & Waterlooville.
Howells was left fuming after seeing two second-half goals consign City to a second away loss in the space of four days, following their 2-0 reverse at high-flying Dover Athletic at the weekend.
The result saw City drop to 15th place in the table, with seven points separating them and second-from-bottom AFC Hornchurch – the team they visit as their run of away matches continues on Saturday (3pm).
Howells said: In the second half we looked legless and it was pretty poor really.
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“Fair play to Havant because they have come at us, but we buckled. A few of the boys could not see the game out and we could not match them.
“For the first goal Preecey [Mark Preece] has been out-
muscled in an area of the pitch where he should not have been and the second we should have dealt with.
“Josh Low has come on but has not done anything. Kerry [Morgan] came on but just for the last ten minutes, which was difficult for him.
“They played down the channels and we could not live with it. We didn’t retain the ball and we missed Chris Allen, who was taken ill over the weekend. He’s good at holding the ball up and in the second half we missed that.”
Winger Ryan Charles started and finished the game at Havant despite signing non-contract forms following a switch from Hemel Hempstead Town on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old began his career with Luton Town and had a spells in the Blue Square Bet Premier with Rushden & Diamonds, Newport County and Cambridge United.
Striker Scott Wilson, who has a dual registration with Gloucester City and Yate Town, has also been approached after plundering 25 goals for the latter to sit at the top of the Evo-Stik League Southern Division 1 South & West goalscoring chart this term.
Exeter City forward Elliott Chamberlain, meanwhile, will stay at Mayday Trust Park for a second month after extending his loan deal last week.
Howells said: “Ryan Charles did alright for an hour [at Havant] but ran out of steam towards the end.
“The lads we have brought in, Ryan Charles and Joe Lennox, have an opportunity and we are still looking at Scott Wilson at Yate.
“Right now I would change four or five of the team given our second-half performance, but that’s probably a bit hasty.
After Saturday’s date with struggling Hornchurch, City will face three of the top four sides in the division – Chelmsford City, Welling United and Salisbury City – at home before the month is out.
“At the moment a couple of bad results and you are in a relegation struggle, a couple of good results and you are out of it,” said Howells.
Meanwhile, City have been handed a trip to Paulton Rovers in the semi-finals of the Somerset Premier Cup on Tuesday, April 9 (7.30pm).