Bath City v Billericay Town – Vanarama National League South – Twerton Park – Saturday 3pm – Preview
Jamie O’Hara was the first to admit that his Billericay Town side was some way short of his expectations when Tonbridge Angels snaffled the Vanarama National League South points with an impressive display at New Lodge on Tuesday evening.
However, in football, there’s always an opportunity for redemption and the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has urged his charges to take the bull by the horns and make up for the lost time when they take on Bath City at Twerton Park on Saturday.
“We didn’t deal with their game plan,” O’Hara bemoaned after goals from Khale Da Costa and Tom Beere secured a 2-0 success for the Kent club.
“I thought Tonbridge were excellent. They came here with a game plan, with a mindset of how they wanted to get a result and they stuck to it for ninety-minutes and they were very, very good.
“They worked hard, hit us on the counter – it was a good performance from them.
O’Hara continued: “We were miles off it for twenty-minutes in the first half. It took us going down 1-0 to get back in the game and try actually to create something. But key players tonight, who we were relying on to produce for the football club weren’t quite there for us – weren’t quite at it.
“We threw everything at it. We had big chances – one that’s rolled across the line and four of them in the box not tapping it in to make it 1-1. Then you’re in the game.
“We’ve had the chances, but wasn’t quite good enough tonight.”
The Blues chief laid down a challenge to his side at Bath, simply to replicate what he knows they are capable of: “Pick ourselves up,” the 33-year-old added.
“It wasn’t the start that we wanted. We’ve been fantastic in pre-season, and that just hits you for six a little bit. I think they need to realise what level they are playing at. This is the Conference South – you’re going to get that every week – it’s like that every game.
“The boys need to realise and step up to the plate. This is a big game for everyone on Saturday now. We will go into it how we’ve prepared for every game. The preparation and everything we’ve done in pre-season has been brilliant.
“We’ve got a good group together. It’s a new group of players, so it’s going to take time for everyone to settle in. But in terms of the performance, it wasn’t great tonight – it was disappointing.”