JOHN EDWARDS expects Studley to bounce back from their ‘worst performance of the season’ – or warned they will face a hammering by rivals Atherstone Town on Saturday.
The Bees joint-manager said there were no excuses for a dismal showing last weekend as they lost 3-0 at home to Rocester in their Midland League Division One contest.
It was Studley’s first league defeat in 2019 but they will need to raise their game on Saturday when they meet promotion-chasing Adders, who lie fourth in the table, at the Beehive.
“Last Saturday was the worst performance of the season – it was totally unacceptable,” said Edwards. “I don’t know whether the lads thought it was a done deal before we kicked off but it was an abject performance.
“Only two players out of the 11 came out with any credit and they were only average. Rocester were much better than when we played them away and they deserved the result. I’ve got no excuses.
“We weren’t good enough and if we play like that against Atherstone it will be double figures.”
It could have been different had Sean Brain taken two early chances for Studley but instead Rocester opened a two-goal lead at half-time after goals from Tom Brown and Jordan Dodd. Brown bagged the third with seven minutes left.
Studley had been dealt a blow before kick-off after highly-rated Shay Palmer opted to join Midland Premier side Highgate United.
Edwards and Wayne Bunn were disappointed to see the 20-year-old utility player – one of the most consistent performers since returning from injury – depart but they said they understood his reasons.
“Highgate can offer more money than we can but it’s also the chance to play at the next level,” said Edwards. “We sincerely wish him all the best. He is ambitious to go and improve and he owes us nothing.”
Studley hope to have Joe Adams, Simon Fitter and Lewis Clarke back to face the Adders, who won 2-1 when the sides met at Sheepy Road in October, but injuries are set to rule out Dave Edwards and Anthony Miller after both were hurt against Rocester.