‘Walsham are lacking experience’ says manager Smith

Paul Smith has conceded that his Walsham-le-Willows squad needs to be bolstered by the addition of experienced players, writes Liam Apicella.

The manager made the admission following Walsham’s 15th defeat of the season at the hands of Mildenhall Town at Summer Road last Saturday.

The result has seen the West Suffolk outfit drop down to 18th in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, with only two teams now below them.

Such a scenario has led Smith to conclude that the injection of more know-how over the summer is essential.

“Individually we have good players, but as a team we seem to be inconsistent. Perhaps that’s down to a little bit of inexperience,” he said.

“That’s something in the summer we’re going to have to sort out. We need to get a couple more experienced players in if we can.”

With regard to the loss to Mildenhall, Smith accepted that despite the close nature of the 2-1 scoreline, Walsham were second best throughout.

“We didn’t have the desire that we did last week (against Gorleston, 3-1 win). I don’t know why,” he added.

“We were second to the ball most of the game and gave two soft goals away.

“We didn’t deserve to get back into it and we never looked like we were going to either. It’s disappointing, but we’ll just have to regroup.”

Walsham, who have won only one of their last seven league matches, travel to Newmarket Town tonight (7.45pm).

When the sides met in September, the Jockeys ran out 4-2 winners.