Bath City boss Lee Howells: We need to tighten up at back
Bath City boss Lee Howells believes attack may be the best form of defence after seeing his side's Jekyll and Hyde form continue in the FA Trophy this week.
Since taking charge eight games ago, Howells' men have scored 23 times but have also shipped 16 goals and were fortunate not to add to that tally during an error-ridden defensive display in Tuesday's replay win over Leatherhead.
"If you are trying to be attacking you will always concede some goals, so it's no coincidence," said Howells, whose side return to Blue Square Bet South action at Sutton United on Saturday.
"Griff [Charlie Griffin] will always score, Sean [Canham] will get 20 a season, Josh [Low] will get goals when fully fit and Chris Allen has scored several already, so I think we are OK in that department.
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"We do need to tighten up at the back, though, and I thought we looked a bit nervous at times in defence on Tuesday.
"Mark Preece has just come back in and I felt we needed to make a change in goal, which was a brave decision. I rang Jason Mellor on Monday and told him he was going to be in the side, gave him a bit of time to mentally prepare, but when you haven't played for a long time, it makes people a bit edgy.
"In the end, despite the opening spell, it was nice to keep a clean sheet and as the game went on I thought we looked much better."
Howells is hoping that defensive midfielder Joe Burnell will recover from a hamstring strain soon, while Low had to limp off in Saturday's draw at Leatherhead with a similar problem.
Both are doubtful for the trip to Sutton but Marc Canham should be available after missing the past month with an ankle injury.
"We will be looking to get something out of that game," said Howells. "I looked recently at Sutton's league form and they have lost a few at home but they have some good, experienced players.
"Hopefully we can patch a few of our injuries up, go there and have a bit of a battle."
City's reward for their win over Leatherhead is a trip to Evostik League Southern Premier Division outfit Chesham United in the FA Trophy first round proper.
The match will take place at Chesham – who beat Canvey Island 2-1 in a replay – on Saturday, November 24.