TRAFFIC congestion meant Bridgnorth arrived for their midweek clash with Boldmere just 40 minutes before kick-off and the lack of preparation soon showed.
The 5-1 defeat came on the back of another solid win away at Haughmond on Saturday, which saw several squad players give manager Mark Clyde plenty of food for thought following the 3-1 success.
Mike Evans, Lewis Welch and Phil Groves all added to their season tallies but Groves was the only person to trouble Bridgnorth’s score sheet on Tuesday night.
Vice-chairman Steve Broome said the players were still looking for a good run over Christmas to lift them up into the top eight.
And he believed the side would put Tuesday’s defeat behind them.
“Saturday was a pleasing result because Mark made a few changes,” he said.
“He gave some of the fringe players a run and they put in a solid performance.
“We have a good, strong squad and some of players have been waiting for their chance, so it’s important they get some time on the pitch.
“Tuesday’s game on the road was not the ideal preparation and we were three down within half an hour.
“We pulled a goal back through Phil Groves and at half time and we still thought we could get something from it but they hit us with two more quick goals.
“I know Mark was unhappy with the performance but I’m sure the lads will put on a better show against Dunkirk at home tomorrow.
“The defeat was a bit of step back but if win tomorrow we could leap-frog them in the league.
“A good run of results over Christmas could see us up to eighth place.
“It’s a much more competitive league this year – last year you needed over 80 points just to make the top five.”
By James Fisher