Wroxham boss admits some players living on borrowed time after another horror show

By mark Armstrong
Monday, September 10, 2012
8:30 AM

Wroxham boss David Batch admits some of his squad are living on borrowed time after the Yachtsmen suffered an embarrassing FA Cup exit at the hands of Brentwood on Saturday.

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Batch’s side were well beaten by their Ryman League Division One North counterparts and Batch admitted the way his side capitulated was a matter of real concern.

As soon as Martin Stokes put Brentwood ahead in the 18th minute there was never any doubt the Essex outfit would be the ones going into the hat for the second qualifying round.

But it was the lack of fight within the Wroxham ranks that surprised Batch.

“Unfortunately there are a few on borrowed time,” he said. “We tend to stick with the players and give them all the support that they need and accept that you’re not going to be on it all the time.

“But as long as you get certain basics like ethic and character then you accept that. Ethic and character can sometimes dig you out of a hole – if you lose those two things then you’re not going to win anything.

“It was a terrible performance. I’m not in a raving hump about it because we had a similar performance like that earlier in the season when we drew 3-3 up here. There’s only a certain amount of times that you can go mental and there’s only a certain amount of times you can have a big discussion about it.

“Ultimately, you’ve got to have a reaction and we didn’t have one again today, which is concerning.”

The tie was effectively settled before half-time as Stokes’ opener was followed by a fine header by Darren Blewitt and a cool finish by Steve Butterworth. A tactical reshuffle from the hosts failed to have the desired effect and Abs Thompson and substitute Neil Cousins completed the rout in the second half.

Batch insisted he will not be afraid to shift out some of his underperforming players unless they up their game.

“It’s never too early for changes – I think we’ve had a couple of different approaches to poor performances and ultimately the players have responded the same way, which has been a bit of a response and then slip back again,” he added.

“I would imagine that’s probably the easiest afternoon of football that they’ve ever had. I don’t think they will learn anything about us but will we learn anything about them? I don’t think that really matters at the moment. What matters is what we’ve learned about some of our own players and some of the characters that we have.

“One shocking performance is acceptable, that happens, but when the same thing happens again just a couple of weeks later then there’s an issue.”

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