Tredworth Tigers player/manager Lee Smith moved onto 24 league goals this season with a match winning hattrick to beat Kingswood 3-2, moving Tredworth up to 3rd in the Stroud League Division One table.
Tredworth leapfrog Quedgeley Wanderers Reserves after they were held to a 1-1 draw against Rodborough Old Boys and Smith was full of praise for his side for their performance after last week’s washout.
“Being honest the break has made it stop start and building momentum has been tough, but saying that it’s been the same for mostly every club. So it makes Saturday’s win a big win, especially after being 2-1 down and at half time.
To come back and win 3-2 away from home too was a credit to the lads. We had some big players out, but I’ve got faith in the squad and it showed on the day.
I have to give a big shout out to Matt Adlam at centre back and Lee Adams, who were both outstanding!” Smith added.
The former Gloucester City man continues to turn the clock back by topping the scoring charts in the division, but whilst Smith acknowledges his fine form, he admits he is keen to keep his side focused ahead of their Section A semi final against Randwick in a couple of weeks time.
“It was great to get a hattrick for the side,” said Smith. “My form has been good this season to be fair, but I’ve been playing up top with Geoff Llewellyn and we have formed a good partnership, with him winning the flick ons and I have benefitted from that.
Back at the top of the goalscoring charts with 24 goals in the league is pleasing and at 36 years old it shows that I am still able to perform and do a job for the team.
But all jokes aside, the goals are great but they will only mean so much if we can keep momentum. Adam Dix and I will be keeping the boys on their toes and we work well together, but of course momentum is key!
We believe the title race is open and we have a semi final to look forward to, so it makes for an exciting run in that’s for sure,” the forward added.
Tredworth’s win coincides with Dursley Town’s first defeat of the season, as Karl Nash’s side were beaten 5-1 at Chalford Reserves, but Smith has praised his counterpart and says the title race is becoming very exciting.
“People may have said our season had tailed off, but it has always been on track to both me and Adam and I’ve said to the squad that until it’s mathematically out of sight, then we need to believe we can win the title.
This weekend saw a big shock with Dursley losing, I had to look at twice to be sure I read it correctly! But they are still the one’s to catch, it is in Nashy’s [Dursley player/manager Karl Nash] hands. He has a good squad down there, but we will see how they handle the pressure.
As I’ve said throughout, we are aiming for the league title and the race is on!” added Smith.
Next up for Tredworth Tigers is a home fixture with Hardwicke Reserves in an all-Gloucester affair at Tuffley Park next weekend.