FAN'S VIEW: Supporters need to back Lee Howells to keep Bath City up
Bath City supporter Pete McCormack gives his take on events at Mayday Trust Park...
Three straight away defeats in a week have left City just five points clear of the Blue Square Bet South relegation zone.
Saturday’s setback at Hornchurch was particularly worrying as they had not won for 11 games and were second from bottom before play.
Each of the three has demonstrated an alarming failure to sustain good first-half showings and some fans are again raising questions about the team’s management.
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Fans are asking about the team’s fitness. Are we training enough in midweek?
We don’t appear to have enough battlers in the team – City’s card count suggests this – and at this level you have to tough it out. Since the loss of the likes of Lewis Hogg and Adie Harris, where are the leaders on the pitch?
For what it’s worth I don’t think now is the time to change head coach. With just nine games to go we have little option but to back Lee Howells to secure a place in next season’s Blue Square Bet South.
We know we have the players to get the points and now is the time for all of us to support the team to get us out of trouble.
The summer is the time to consider the leadership of the club in its entirety.
I think City need three or four wins from the last nine games to be sure of safety.
With some tough games against promotion-chasing Chelmsford, Welling and Salisbury coming up, the players are going to need some noisy backing from the terraces at Mayday Trust Park to achieve this goal.
For a long time City fans have bemoaned the lack of strikers. In the past we had an embarrassment of riches, with Charlie Fleming, John Freegard, Paul Randall, Graham Withey, Martin Paul, Scott Partridge and Darren Edwards all firmly in City’s hall of fame.
This season Charlie Griffin has filled the role well but without a consistent partner. However, all of a sudden we find ourselves with four strikers at the club.
City are also talking to Gloucester City striker Scott Wilson and we appear to be in a much better position than in the recent past when it comes to the question of who might lead the line next season.