Bath City coach Lee Howells praises defence after back-to-back wins
Bath City head coach Lee Howells saw his attacking approach rewarded with six goals and six points this week - but was just as keen for his defenders to share the plaudits.
Back-to-back 3-0 wins over Tonbridge Angels and Eastbourne Borough have lifted City to ninth in the Blue Square Bet South table ahead of this Saturday’s home game against rock-bottom Truro City (3pm).
City have scored eight times in the past week, including the 3-2 defeat to Dorchester Town – which was the only match they have conceded a goal in since February 2.
“I thought the back four were fantastic on Tuesday,” said Howells.
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“Aaron Brown was great, he’s come back to his old level of performance in the last couple of games, and Dan Ball did well playing out of position in the centre.
“Mark Preece got two goals and Sekani Simpson also created one. He showed us what we have been missing – he’s a natural defender but he can also do it further up the pitch.
“Sekani hasn’t long come back from injury, so we rested him on Saturday and now hopefully he can play another four or five games before he needs a rest again.”
While pleased to see the goals dry up at one end,
Howells was also delighted that they were flowing at the other following his decision to go with two up top, rather than one striker and supporting midfielders.
Charlie Griffin partnered Elliott Chamberlain against Dorchester and Tonbridge, scoring three times, before taking a break at Eastbourne as Kerry Morgan moved from the wing to play the second-striker role.
“Although we were away on Tuesday, we decided to start with the two up front and it worked,” said Howells.
“Elliot was sharp and quick again, while little Kerry was a right nuisance to them at times. We tried to play the ball down the channels for the two little whippets to chase and keep it tight in midfield.”
With the games coming thick and fast, Howells said he
will rotate his players again on Saturday after benching Griffin and Marc Canham in midweek.
However, Josh Low is
unlikely to be available, with City concerned he may not appear again this term due to an ongoing hamstring injury.
“He has had a scan this week and although we don’t know the result yet, there is a chance he may be out for the rest of the season,” Howells said.
“Hopefully, it won’t be serious and we can nurse him through because we still miss Josh, he gives us that extra quality going forward.”