Squad will give re­ac­tion for Stones clash, says cap­tain

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT - Henry Bur­ridge Sports Writer @Hjbur­ridge | 01225 322264 henry.bur­ridge@reach­plc.com

Bath City skip­per An­thony Straker is con­fi­dent he and his team-mates will give a re­ac­tion for this week­end’s game at Weald­stone. Hav­ing put in a ster­ling per­for­mance in see­ing off fel­low high fly­ers Wok­ing 3-1, the Ro­mans were then held to a mid­week draw at Truro City and then beaten de­spite a dom­i­nant per­for­mance against Hemel Hemp­stead Town at the week­end. They re­main in the play-off, but nev­er­the­less, with high stan­dards im­bued in the squad, they will be “go­ing at it” in train­ing in search of vic­tory in a test­ing tus­sle at Weald­stone this Satur­day. “It’s been a frus­trat­ing week,” Straker said. “We set our­selves high ex­pec­ta­tions and al­ways want to try and get as many points as we can out of all the games we play. “But it’s one of those weeks; you’ve just got to dust your­selves off and go again next week. “I can tell you, I’ll be the first, and the boys that have played to­day, we’ll not nec­es­sar­ily be kick­ing lumps out of each other, but we will be go­ing at it in train­ing be­cause we want to set it right and get our­selves back on the path of pick­ing up points, at home and away from home. “They’ve got a man­ager that we know a lot about and he sets up his teams and has a way of play­ing. “We’ve just got to go there and try and get the points, and per­form.” The de­feat against Hemel was made all the more frus­trat­ing with Kevin Amankwaah be­ing forced off through in­jury in the first half – days af­ter Jack Bat­ten suf­fered the same fate at Truro. That forced a reshuf­fle, with right-back Michee Efete mov­ing into cen­tral de­fence and putting in a solid dis­play. “Kev’s been train­ing week af­ter week, be­ing what you’d call a good pro,” Straker said. “You’ve got to feel frus­trated for him – we all feel a bit hurt for him as well – but we know how Kev is; he’ll go away, do his re­hab and come back stronger. “Michee can play in a few po­si­tions. He’s will­ing and he wants to play, and he’s a win­ner as well. “Again, he can do a job for us there and we’re happy. As a team and a staff, that’s the way it is. We’re ac­cept­ing it for what it is and Michee will do well.” The Tu­dors rarely had a sniff of the City goal un­til Steve Caw­ley popped up with the late win­ner, pre­fer­ring to sit back in search of a point. That is not the first, and will not be the last time, that hap­pens at Tw­er­ton Park. Straker re­flected: “They had a plan. Teams come and know when we’re at home we’re quite good go­ing for­ward. “They had their game­plan, set up well and frus­trated us, and the op­por­tu­nity they got they made sure they put it away. “Since the gaffer’s come in, and with Jim [Rollo], they set us tar­gets and make sure we get to them. “When you get to games like this, we do feel frus­trated be­cause we’ve put out stan­dards for our­selves and where we know we want to fin­ish up at the end of the sea­son. “But it’s foot­ball. This time next week we could be hav­ing a dif­fer­ent feel­ing and that’s the way it goes.” Adam Mann passed up City’s best chance when put in one-onone, but stopped by keeper Lau­rie Walker, though his team-mates laid no blame at his door. “At the end of the day it’s de­ci­sion mak­ing,” Straker said. “Manny, you back him at any time and given that op­por­tu­nity again I think he’d score. “You can’t blame him, it’s not his fault we didn’t get a point, it’s just one of those things. “The keeper’s picked a way to go, Manny’s made his de­ci­sion and that’s the way it goes in foot­ball some­times.” The Ro­mans cap­tain has taken over the penalty du­ties in re­cent weeks, net­ting against Wok­ing and Truro. It’s a job he has taken in his stride. “I was asked to take them and as you do, you hope you put them away,” he said. “The last two I have and I think me and Brunty [Ryan Brunt] will be fight­ing it out at the minute for the next one. “I’ve taken a few here and there. I wouldn’t say I’m first on the teamsheet to take them, but I al­ways feel quite con­fi­dent. “I think it came from the man­age­ment for me to go ahead and take it. “You’ve got to step up and feel con­fi­dent when that time comes.”

Michee Efete started the Hemel Hemp­stad game at right-back but fin­ished in cen­tral de­fence

An­thony Straker runs at the Hemel penalty area

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