Manager’s View: Town undone by ‘soft’ goals

Banbridge Town Manager Ryan Watson. INBL1537-273PB
Banbridge Town Manager Ryan Watson. INBL1537-273PB
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When a side sitting in the relegation places picks up a point at a title-challenging team’s back yard, scarcely would it be met with disappointment.

But that’s exactly what happen at Newforge on saturday, as Banbridge Town felt they should have taken more than a share of the spoils at PSNI.

“We were sitting pretty 3-1 at half-time but to be honest, it was a real battle,” said Town boss Ryan Watson.

“They put us under a lot of pressure and had chances to score more goals. We dug in but we didn’t really play well.

“The conditions weren’t great underfoot and it took us a while to get settled defensively. Going forward, we caused them problems and the game was very end to end.

“After going 1-0 behind early on, we showed great character to come back and take the game by the scruff of the neck.

“In the second half though, we didn’t play great. We just didn’t hit our standards of previous weeks but that was probably because of the team we were playing. They were a step up.

“We had a couple of very good chances to seal the game in the second half but we didn’t take them.

“Their equaliser was very soft. I thought Tuda should have done better. Their second was pretty soft too. It was a shot from distance after he carried the ball five or ten yards without a challenge. A deflection took it in and Tuda had no chance but it wasn’t as if they really cut us open.

“After the game was over, attention turned straight to next week’s game and the lads were all keen to get going again.”