Time for Brentwood Town to kick on after cup romp
BRENTWOOD Town's 6-0 FA Cup Preliminary Round thrashing of Halstead Town on Saturday is just the catalyst the side needs to kick-start their Ryman League campaign.
That's the view of manager Steve Witherspoon who saw his side take a second-minute lead and then continue their dominance to run out comfortable winners earning themselves a trip to league rivals Wroxham on Saturday week.
"It was a good win not only because we scored some goals but also the way we played," explained Witherspoon. "The all-round performance was excellent and our best so far this season and hopefully we can now build on that for the coming weeks."
Witherspoon, keen to see his side progress in the cup, said scoring goals always breeds confidence among players and nobody was getting carried away with one really good result.
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"We didn't really know quite what to expect at Halstead but credit to the players they set out from the first whistle and kept playing our style of football and were rewarded with six goals," he said. "Scoring goals gives players confidence and to get six without conceding was good."
Witherspoon was hoping his side would continue with their good form on Bank Holiday Monday but their scheduled Ryman League Division One North game away to Thamesmead Town was called off.
This was because the Kent side's FA Cup Preliminary Round tie at Walton Casuals on Saturday was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
Because FA Cup ties have preference over other matches the tie was played on Monday .
"It was disappointing not to have a game but there's nothing anyone can do about it and we must now look forward to our next game this Saturday at home to Cheshunt," he said.
One bonus for the Town boss on Saturday was that new striker Alex Read was able to come on as a second-half substitute to make his debut, crowning an impressive display with a well taken goal, curling the ball into the top corner of the Halstead net.
"It was good to get him involved after his start to the season was delayed through injury and he did well when he came on," said Witherspoon. "With Alex fit, it gives us more attacking options and also competition for places.
"He did really well at Tilbury last season ending up as one of the division's top scorers so we know what he's capable of and it's good to see him fit again," he added.
Town will take on Cheshunt who've made a good start to their league campaign, winning both opening games and currently sit third in the table.
"We're at home and after our good cup win I'll be looking to carry on from there and get ourselves up the table."
Town currently lie 16th in the league and Witherspoon will be hoping his side, having won just one league game, can now put a decent run together to see them climb the table.