Badshot Lea hit five goals at Alton to pick up three points

Thursday 1st September 2022 6:00 am
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Badshot Lea hit five goals on their travels to make it a perfect bank-holiday weekend.

The Baggies enjoyed their local derby with Combined Counties Premier South new boys Alton on Monday, winning 5-1.

Forty-eight hours earlier, Badshot Lea had beaten Baffins Milton Rovers 2-1 to reach the second qualifying round of the FA Vase – they will entertain Wessex League Shaftesbury on Saturday, September 24 in the next round.

It leaves the Baggies sitting nicely among the pace setters at the top of the table.

Badshot Lea co-manager Dave Ford was delighted with the win on Alton’s artificial pitch at Anstey Lane, and said: “It was always going to be a difficult game because it’s a local derby. Derbies in this league are always difficult.

“The first half we were not good enough. We got ourselves in front with a well-worked goal but we allowed them to play direct balls into places where we shouldn’t have allowed them to play.

“It took a few words at half-time from me and the coaching staff to wake us up and we were a lot better in the first 25 minutes of the second half with our intensity, which got us a few more goals.

“We’ve come here and done the job. We’ve got players who can hurt teams and that’s excellent.

“In the first half Alton didn’t stop working us and trying to hurt us and had a couple of half-chances from set plays and balls into the box, but overall I’m pleased.”

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