Honest Chatteris Town boss Taylor holds hands up over negative approach

HONEST Chatteris Town boss Steve Taylor has admitted his negative approach prevented the Lilies defeating unbeaten Linton Granta on Saturday.

Taylor’s charges drew 1-1 with high-flying Granta at West Street to pick up their fourth point in two matches.

However, the Lilies boss revealed he made a mistake by starting with a defensive 5-4-1 formation against last season’s Kershaw Senior A champions.

Taylor said: “I thought they would be better than they were to be fair.

“I’ll hold my hands up and admit I set us up more negatively than we should have been in the first half. I just didn’t want us to get battered.

“We over-estimated them as we thought they were going to be really dangerous and full of confidence and I didn’t want us to get a tonking. How we played in the first half was probably my fault.

“After beating Newmarket Town Reserves 6-2 I just didn’t want us to get beat and lose the confidence we’d gained.”

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Striker Jake Burton’s penalty secured a point for Chatteris who are still without Jonny Brierley (sore knee), Aaron Collins (hamstring), Chris Talton (ankle), Mark Boucher (infected foot) and Richie Allen (suspended).

The Lilies travel to last season’s Kershaw Premier League champions Lakenheath on Saturday.

Taylor said: “Lakenheath are absolutely flying but it’s just 11 v 11 at the end of the day.

“Our start to the season hasn’t been ideal because we’ve had to keep chopping and changing things every week and I do think that’s unsettled us.

“We need to use the last two games as a starting block for our season and once we get a few back-to-back results I’m sure our confidence will grow. I just want our young lads to go out there and enjoy playing football.”

The Lilies boss also admitted he was looking to bring in two or three new signings over the coming weeks.