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Bees stung by Dudley
12:09pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
STUDLEY boss Paul Smith is quite literally licking his wounds following his side’s FA Vase exit and admits he may need to strengthen his squad.
The injury-hit Bees slipped to a disappointing 5-2 defeat at free-scoring West Midland Regional League Dudley Town, who have scored 40 goals in their last eight games, as goals from Dreniz Bala, Rion Francis-Mills (2) Grant Joshua and Ashley Greenaway cancelled out strikes for Dale Edwards and Charisma Agbonlahor.
It was a welcome return for Agbonlahor after being sidelined but Smith still has more than his fair share of walking wounded.
Central defenders Richie Lambert and Ryan Gardner are both struggling although the latter will train tomorrow after making a partial recovery from a groin strain.
Wingers Will Parker and Sam Hawker also add to the casualty list while Reece Hewitt is also out.
Smith, speaking ahead of this Saturday’s League Cup tie at Stafford Town, themselves thrashed 8-0 by Bromsgrove Sporting in the Vase, admitted the outlook is not good.
“Our physio has been working Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to try to get the lads back sooner and we need them — it’s a mini crisis of numbers.
“Ryan will train on Thursday and we’ll see how he comes through but the others are a couple of weeks away.
“The fringe players have had a chance in recent weeks and not really performed so we may need to bring people in.”
Earlier in the season Studley beat Stafford 5-0 at home in the FA Cup when they had a run of five wins and one draw from our first six games but since then injuries have taken their toll.
Smith added: “When we haven’t been at full strength we haven’t really caused people any problems and we’ve got turned over.
“I watched Dudley prior to the game and was impressed with them, they were very well organised and worked hard and attacked in numbers, and I knew we needed to be on top of our game to get anything there — and unfortunately we weren’t.”
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