Badshot Lea manager Gavin Smith admitted he was disappointed with his side’s first-half performance after their 3-1 win at Guernsey in the Isthmian League South Central Division on Saturday.
The Baggies trailed 1-0 at the break through Matt Loaring’s goal. But Smith’s side came roaring back in the second half and took the three points thanks to goals from George Hedley and Reece Robins (2).
The victory means the Baggies have now won two league games in a row – and three in a row in all competitions – after a sticky start to the season.
“It was a long day – it’s not like Jersey with the hospitality – you have to go there and get back in the day,” said Smith.
“We had an early flight from Gatwick and had a lot of time to kill before the game.
“The first-half performance was not good enough and I said that to the lads at half-time.
“Were we tired and lethargic from the flight? I don’t think that can be an excuse because the substitutes came on and made a real impact – and they were also on the flight.
“Anaur came off the bench and was excellent, and Kai Allsopp also did well when he came on in the second half.
“I praised the players after the performance at Thame, but maybe that game said more about Thame than us?”
The Baggies have added to their squad with the arrival of Cameron Rohart-Brown from Thatcham Town.
The new recruit came off the bench at Guernsey to make his debut for the club – and Smith is delighted to have Rohart-Brown on board.
“Cameron has real quality and is a good addition,” said Smith. “He played against us for Thatcham and I knew he would add to what we’ve got.
“If we can add to the squad to improve it, we will.”
Next up for the Baggies is a home game against fellow Isthmian League South Central Division outfit Sutton Common Rovers in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy on Saturday (3pm) – and Smith is set to ring the changes.
“After the performance against Guernsey some other players will get the chance to play – and I’m excited to see them perform and see what they can do,” said Smith.
The Baggies are also in action next Tuesday night (September 26), when they will host Ascot United at Westfield Lane in the second round of the Velocity Cup (7.45pm).