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Bees get a helping hand in Vase joy
12:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
PAUL Smith had a few pals to thank for helping Studley progress in the FA Vase this week following their 3-2 success at Heath Hayes.
With eight regulars absent, Smith brought in Redditch United second string goalkeeper Dan Payne plus midfield man Liam Spink from Rushall Olympic to boost his injury ravenged squad.
It was Spink who delivered the knockout blow, netting twice and creating the third which was credited as an own goal.
Smith said: “Liam was outstanding. He scored two great goals and was still trying to claim the third when we left the ground as well, but it was definitely an own goal. The defender turned Liam’s cross into his own net.
“I’m grateful to Rushall boss Neil Kitching for letting us have Liam. He’s going on holiday this week and that was the only reason he didn’t feature for Rushall in their win at FC United.
“I know Liam well, he lives near me and did pre-season with Studley, when thankfully he signed for us.
“In fact, I thought we should have won by more goals, but instead we let them back into the game when it could have been a great deal more comfortable”.
Studley have now booked a trip to Dudley Town in the next round of the Vase on September 21.
Smith is confident his injury woes will ease this week with Reece Hewitt, Charisma Agbonlahor and Ryan Gardiner all expected to be back in action for Saturday’s visit to the Beehive from second placed Southam.
Studley have also written to the FA, Midland Combination and Atherstone themselves following issues that occured during their FA Cup contest when Smith was subjected to unpleasant crowd behaviour.
Smith insisted: “I’m not trying to get the result changed. Atherstone were the better side on the day.
“But I want to highlight the situation so that other clubs don’t have to suffer the same experience that we had.
“Unless we raise awareness of what happened, then nothing will be done about it.”
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