Bath Chronicle

Teenager Wood proving key in heart of defence

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Callum Wood has attracted many admirers for his strong performanc­es during the first half of Bath City’s season.

The centre-back, who turned 19 in October, has proved to be a key loan signing from Bristol City.

Having been forced to miss eight of City’s first 11 fixtures this season through COVID-19 and being called up for Wales’ under 19 squad, Wood has started the last 14 in all competitio­ns.

“National League South is a hard place to come but it’s been brilliant playing so regularly,” he said.

“It’s the experience I need. It’s good to learn from our other players, Jack Batten is talking to me the whole game, Eddie [Jones] as well on the side and Clarkey [Ryan Clarke] behind me. It makes it easy for me really.

“The fans make such a difference, it has a massive impact on how we play. The atmosphere was brilliant today.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here.”

Wood’s first three outings saw the Romans claim a clean sheet in each whereas Sunday saw them end a 16-game run in the league without one, their longest spell for ten years.

In eight matches either side of Wood’s enforced absence, City conceded 20 times.

“We’ve been focussing quite a lot on our defending and conceding fewer than the start of the season,” said Wood. “We’ve improved on the dirty side of the game – by that I mean winning the second balls. We were told at half-time today that we’d won 75% of our second balls, which is what you need.

“I feel like it’s improving all round. There’s a lot of solidity from the back four and in front which helps. The front three never stop running.

“Getting in those blocks is as good as a goal for me and hopefully we can carry on this form at Chelmsford.”

 ?? ?? Jack Batten and Callum Wood applaud the fans
Jack Batten and Callum Wood applaud the fans

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