Karl Baggaley admits Barnstaple Town ‘didn’t deserve anything’ from game with Cadbury Heath

NDJASSISTANT manager Karl Baggaley admitted Barnstaple Town “didn’t deserve anything” at Cadbury Heath.

Barnstaple lost two league games on the spin for the first time since April 2, 2014, as they were beaten 4-2 by Bristol side.

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Cadbury, who lost 3-1 at Mill Road just over a month ago, were 4-0 up after 50 minutes before Ross Jones’s deflected effort and Lee Francis threatened a Barum comeback.

The Toolstation Western League Premier Division defeat followed a 4-1 home loss against Melksham Town, in which Barnstaple could feel aggrieved at the scoreline. But Baggaley said it was not the same after Saturday.

“We didn’t deserve anything from the game,” he said. “We huffed and puffed but that’s as good as it got.

Barnstaple Town suffer back-to-back Western League defeats

“We can’t give away three-goal leads and expect to come back from that.

“The two times we have played them they have been very dangerous going forward and were one of the best footballing sides in the league.

PICTURES: Barnstaple Town 1 Melksham Town 4

“We got beaten by the better team, unfortunately. The boys went for 90 minutes and we will take the positives out of the second half.”

Despite an afternoon to forget, Baggaley did see some upsides – particularly a change in formation during the second half. Town sent Will Nicholls on to partner Dave Pearse and Ryan Turner in a rare three-man attack, something which produced two goals in the latter stages.

“We did get a lot out of the game, knowing we don’t have to play the same formation every week – we can change it around a little bit,” said Baggaley.

“We normally bounce back (from defeats) quite well, but as a squad we know where we went wrong and had a good talk about it after the game.

“We take it on the chin and look to start afresh next week.”


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