Bath City: Show desire or go, warns unhappy Lee Howells
Bath City’s players will resume their push for the Blue Square Bet South play-off places on Saturday with some harsh words from Lee Howells ringing in their ears.
The first-team coach was left “flabbergasted” as City’s promising recent run hit the buffers in last Saturday’s FA Trophy exit at Chesham United and says changes in personnel will be made unless certain members of the squad show the necessary will to win.
“It was just not good enough and I am afraid we can’t go through the season having a couple of good performances followed by a bad one,” said Howells, whose side entertain Eastbourne Borough on Saturday (3pm).
“The players are good enough overall but when you only have one or two playing, you can’t carry the rest.
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“It doesn’t matter whether you go to Chesham United or Manchester United, you have got to work hard and show a bit of desire. Last week we did, the week before we did but on Saturday, nothing at all.
“When you are up against it you have to show your mettle. One or two just are not doing it from week to week. Some of them need to move a bit quicker. It takes some of them 20 minutes to even get changed.
“It’s up to them. If they want to carry on doing that they won’t be here too long and we will go and get a few lads who show desire.”
Saturday’s game with Eastbourne is City’s first in the league at Mayday Trust Park for almost a month.
They will be looking to close the gap on the top five against a side who narrowly avoided a second successive relegation last term, having played alongside City in Blue Square Bet Premier in 2010-11.
City added to their attacking options last week by bringing in 20-year-old striker Tom Nichols on loan from Exeter City. He starred for Dorchester last term – netting nine times in 11 outings – and had a spell at Hereford this season.
Nichols started at Chesham in place of nine-goal top-scorer Charlie Griffin, who was demoted to the bench.
“We brought Tom in, who I thought looked sharp and lively,” added Howells. “It’s not because Griff was left out and Tom was brought in that we lost a game of football, it was because too many players didn’t work hard.”
City’s elimination from the FA Trophy means they will be without a fixture on Saturday, December 15.
Scheduled opponents Bromley are still in the competition after beating Boreham Wood in a replay on Monday night and will host Kidderminster Harriers instead, leaving City with another break of more than three weeks between home matches.