Inexperience could cost Bath City in winnable league, says manager Adie Britton
Adie Britton says only Bath City's finances are stopping them from challenging for Blue Square Bet South honours this season.
City topped the table after five games of the new campaign but were replaced at the summit by Salisbury City, who edged out Britton's side in a 3-2 thriller on Tuesday.
Josh Low missed the match after suffering an injury in the 2-1 weekend win over Billericay Town, while Joe Burnell and Sekani Simpson both limped off at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.
That left Britton with a largely inexperienced line-up and the City boss believes that could be what costs his side this term.
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"As far as I am concerned this is a winnable league but that equates to a little bit of finance which we don't quite have at this moment in time," said Britton.
"The frustration is that I want experienced players out there because I want to win it. Unfortunately we've now picked up a few injuries and we are a little bit thin on the ground.
"It's the youngest squad that we've ever fielded, certainly in my time here. We have 18, 19 and 20-year-olds sprinkled everywhere and we're asking them to do a man's job.
"A few of them have done pretty well and it's been a great learning experience for them but we are just in one of those positions when we need the more experienced players playing.
"When we get our best side on the field I think we will be OK but that little bit of craft and ability in crucial areas was missing on Tuesday.
"It was a very eventful game but we lost a few people at crucial times and that made it difficult when it came to reorganisation."
Britton now looks likely to take a threadbare squad to Bromley on Saturday (3pm), who picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday with a 4-0 success at Hornchurch.
"I don't know what kind of team will be out on Saturday," Britton added. "It's going to be difficult but we will just have to see in the next couple of days because quite a few have got knocks. When we can get our best players fit we will get a lot better."