Paul Smith praised the application of the much-changed team that were on the receiving end of a 2-1 reverse against Stratford Town in the Southern League CSS Cup on Tuesday night.
The Reds’ gaffer made several changes to the side that made it three consecutive Evo-Stik South – Premier Division Central victories following the 2-0 victory over Banbury United at The TRICO Stadium last Saturday, and while he was pleased with the efforts, he conceded The Blues were the better team on the night:
“Stratford came into the contest off the back of an unbeaten run that stretched as far back as early September, so it was always going to be a tough game and, in all honesty, they were better than us.
“I made a number of changes to give some players valuable game time and keep them match-fit, which meant a shape change, and it didn’t quite work out for us; however, we go again on Saturday when we take on Bedworth United.”
The Reds make the visit to Bedworth knowing that their opponents are yet to register their first league victory of the season, and Smith believes that tag makes Stuart Storer’s side a dangerous proposition:
“We put in, in my view, our most-pleasing performance against Banbury, so I am hoping we replicate that and show the same work rate, quality and commitment against a team that have nothing to lose – that’s what makes them so dangerous.
“We won’t worry about them, though, we’ll worry about ourselves and the game plan we want to carry out. It’s business as usual, and we’ll ensure there is no complacency when we take to the pitch on Saturday.”
Lewis Wright remains sidelined (hamstring) and is likely to be out of contention for at least another fortnight, while Jamie Ashmore is unavailable to play. The likes of Shaquille Whittingham-Leachman, Robbie Bunn and Michael Nelson will be vying to regain their place in the side after sitting out Tuesday’s defeat at Stratford.
Updated 16:39 - 7 Nov 2018 by Tom Henman