Audio: Lee Howells on Bath City's 2-0 loss at Billericay Town
Bath City boss Lee Howells was reluctant to criticise his team despite suffering a 2-0 defeat at Billericay on Saturday, when, after a match played on a poor surface, they conceded two late goals in either half.
Howells said: “The pitch was probably the worst I have seen in ten years, but give credit to Billericay, they play a particular way, they play a system, they don’t play a great deal of football but they got a result and so it has worked for them.
"It’s difficult to play against sides like this, because the ball is all over the place they are trying to lump it forward and at times the game can pass you by.
“When you lose a game of football its always disappointing and we made a couple of errors which gifted them the goals today.
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“You can watch any game on TV and there will be some poor defending, even from the best teams in the world and we were punished for ours.
"For the second goal in particular, I am asking Jason (Mellor) to come for things, so I can’t criticise him for coming for a cross and missing it, but he’s a young player and he’s’ still learning.
“After Chesham I asked for two performances prior to the break we have coming up and today I got that so I can’t criticise the players too much. I thought at times we played exceptionally well given the pitch.
“In the first half we had five or six chances. Their keeper made a couple of good saves. At times we moved the ball well. If we had scored in the first half it could well have been a different result. The only criticism is that we didn’t put the ball in the net.
“It’s a bit of rebuilding for the next couple of weeks; we have then got the Christmas games coming thick and fast, Havant, the two against Weston and one against Dorchester. So we need to push on and get some results, but next Saturday the lads will have off.
“With regard to particular players, we don’t know yet whether Tom (Nichols) will be going back to Exeter. Tom I thought looked sharp again. This was his third game now for us and true he hasn’t scored yet but I think he has done ever so well. He didn’t have a great deal of football at Exeter before he joined us.
“Sekani (Simpson) will get a game soon. He will play in an under 21 match against Bristol City on Monday week and we can assess his fitness from there. It would be nice to get to Havant and have all the team fit."