Bath City take a break ahead of key Christmas programme
First-term coach Lee Howells says Bath City will look to "rebuild" over the next ten days as they take an enforced break from action.
City's early exit from the FA Trophy means they are without a fixture on Saturday, with scheduled visitors Bromley still in the competition.
A planned friendly with Forest Green Rovers at Mayday Trust Park on Tuesday night was called off due to a frozen pitch but Howells is keen for City to hit the ground running when they return to Blue Square South duty at Havant & Waterlooville on December 22.
The game in Hampshire starts a key period in City's push for a play-off place, with four fixtures falling in the space of 11 days.
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"It's a bit of rebuilding for the next couple of weeks," said Howells. "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.
"With regard to particular players, we don't know yet whether Tom [Nichols] will be going back to [parent club] Exeter.
"Tom, I thought, looked sharp again on Saturday. 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 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 of the team fit."
Howells was reluctant to criticise his team in the wake of their defeat at Billericay on Saturday, with a late goal in either half doing the damage.
He said: "The pitch was probably the worst I have seen in ten years, but give credit to Billericay, they play a particular way, they don't play a great deal of football but they got a result.
"After Chesham I asked for two performances prior to the break we have coming up and I got that so I can't criticise the players too much. I thought at times we played exceptionally well, given the pitch."