Badshot Lea co-manager Gavin Smith asks for more after FA Vase exit

By Tom White  
Friday 30th September 2022 6:00 am
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Badshot Lea co-manager Gavin Smith has asked for more from his side after they exited the FA Vase at home to Shaftesbury on Saturday.

Dean Rule gave the Baggies the lead, but a Shaftesbury equaliser meant the match finishes 1-1 and went to a penalty shootout, which the visitors won 5-3.

“Over the game we didn’t do enough to win or show enough desire,” said Smith. “We played within ourselves. I said at half time it wasn’t good enough. We went 1-0 up, but we kept on giving away set pieces.

“They then scored from a long ball over the top. After the equaliser we then created more chances as we didn’t want it to go to penalties.”

Badshot Lea will hope to return to winning ways on Saturday, when they host league leaders Colliers Wood United in the Combined Counties Premier Division South.

“Although results have been good, I don’t think we’ve played well for a while,” said Smith.

“Hopefully going out the Vase will give the players a bit of a reality check.”

Elsewhere in the Combined Counties Premier South on Saturday, Farnham Town will host Abbey Rangers and Alton will travel to Sheerwater.

Farnham Town manager Sean Birchnall said: “We’re at home and we’ll go into the game looking to win it.”

Alton boss Kevin Adair said: “Our squad has settled down now and we want to start to build some momentum.”

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