Baffins Milton bring in ex-Havant & Waterlooville keeper for midweek Wessex League Cup trip to the Isle of Wight

Shaun Wilkinson is demanding a higher work-rate from Baffins Milton Rovers as they continue their defence of the Wessex League Cup at lower division Newport IOW on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Monday, 5th October 2020, 2:32 pm
Ryan Young will play in goal for Baffins at Newport on the Isle of Wight in the Wessex League Cup on Tuesday. Picture: Keith Woodland

The boss blasted some of his players for a lack of effort in the first half of their 2-0 Wessex Premier defeat at Fleet Town.

It was a fourth successive defeat and Wilkinson is looking to the League Cup as a chance to get their season back on track.

'I was angry with our first 45 minutes at Fleet,' he said.

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'Fleet were prepared to work a lot harder than us.

'There is no-one good enough in our squad to think all they have to do to win games is turn up.

'Too many looked as though they didn't want to be out there.

'Some harsh words were exchanged at half-time.

'To be fair, we had a better go in the second period and camped in their half.

'We created three or four great chances but still didn't work the goalkeeper.

'There was plenty of food for thought.

'At the moment we are either very good or very poor and there is no middle ground.

'We are conceding too many goals and not scoring enough.

'You don't need to be a rocket scientist to work out that isn't going to win you games.'

Baffins are forced to make a change of goalkeepers after Charlie Searle aggravated a groin injury at Fleet.

The visitors are calling on ex-Hawks shot-stopper Ryan Young, who lives on the Isle of Wight, to step in.

Wilkison has also signed striker Miles Everett from Horndean but he is ineligible to play.

'It is time for a few of my players to stand up and be counted,' said Wilkinson.

'Though there is no pressure on me to win games, I want to win every game we play.

'It is all about installing a winning mentality and it might take a little time.

'I am definitely looking for a better performance.

'It is never easy going across to the Isle of Wight in midweek.

'Even though Newport play in the league below us, I am expecting a tough game.'

He is right to expect that - Newport are flying high in Division 1 after scoring 13 goals in their last three games.

They have beaten Verwood (5-3), East Cowes (3-0) and Ringwood (5-2) to move up to third in their table.

Connor Kelly is a dangerman, having netted four times in those three games.

That is after he netted 23 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions in 2019/20.