Tredworth Tigers player/co-manager Lee Smith has said that he will take plenty of positives despite his home debut for his new club ending in a 4-2 defeat against Kings Stanley.
Smith, who has taken over at the Stroud League Division One club, scored on his first home start as his side battled hard, before Kings Stanley’s quality shone through.
Goals from Simon Harmer, Jordan Cooke, Jonathan Brodie & Nicholas Rieger saw the visitors take all three points despite goals from Smith & Sam Roberts for Tredworth.
Speaking to Severn Sport after the game, Smith was full of praise for his side despite the Tigers slipping to their sixth league defeat of the season.
“The result was a big blow but we played very well. I was happy with the performance but not so much the result.
The team as a whole gave it a good go and were the better side for the first 70 minutes or so but in the last 20 we died a bit and it cost us. But that stamina will come with training and we will get sharper. That’s down to me and Dixie [co-manager Adam Dix] to sort out and we will address it.
I told the boys after the game that we showed that we can compete with the top teams and we want to use that to push on for the rest of the season. Hopefully winning a cup and a strong finish will put us in good stead.”
It has been a tough opening two fixtures for Smith, with Tredworth drawing 2-2 against 3rd placed Old Richians before the defeat against 2nd placed Kings Stanley, but Smith believes he has the players capable enough to finish the season strongly and push for the title next season.
“The squad I’ve taken on is more than enough to challenge for the league and it will only be improved over the weeks and months. But with the lads like Lee Adams, Geoff Llewellyn our captain and a couple of others we have players who can play higher so we will be looking to keep the core squad together – whilst adding players who can improve us.”
Tredworth’s next two games are away from their Spa Road home, with a trip to Randwick in the County Cup next Saturday before a trip to 4th placed Stonehouse Town Reserves on Saturday 19th January.
Photos provided by Andrew Jackson*