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Hammers take a hammering
4:51pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
CRADLEY Town could have lost their opening West Midlands League fixture by double figures according to general manager Marcus McDonald.
His players failed to cope with Wednesfield’s long ball tactics and suffered a 5-1 defeat as a result.
That was after James Welnotschuk had given the Hammers a 1-0 lead on the half hour.
But Wednesfield had spotted Cradley’s weakness and proceded to play route one football after the break.
McDonald said: “We were blown away. We just couldn’t defend their route one football. “In pre-season, we’ve been playing Midland Combination sides who like to get the ball down and play football. “But against Wednesfield, everything was so direct and we couldn’t cope with it. We could have lost by double figures and we need to pull our socks up.”
Cradley’s prospects weren’t helped when they suffered injuries to James McNaught and Redditch United recruit George Westwood in their final pre-season friendly with Barton United.
McDonald added: “We took on an extra friendly and finished up with injuries to two of our key players. Although we won the game, it was a pointless exercise.”
McDonald has boosted his squad following this week’s 3-0 defeat to Black Country Rangers.
He’s recruited Scott Devlin from Causeway United, Dudley Town’s James Weston and midfield player Martin Hill who was previously at Tividale.
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