Tough Isthmian start for Broadbridge Heath – but Simmons stays upbeat

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Broadbridge Heath manager Chris Simmons reflected on a ‘tough start’ to life in the Isthmian south east division after his side’s 3-0 defeat to Chichester City.

The Bears had their chances – including two disallowed goals – against a Chichester side that started in sluggish fashion on Monday and the nature of the defeat stung.

Simmons said: “I was disappointed, not because we lost – because Chichester are a very good side and will definitely be up there this season – but with the mistakes we made, and that the overall quality wasn’t there.

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“That being said, we were unlucky not to be 1-0 up. Looking back at the video, I’d say Mario [Quaisacca] was well onside when he scored and maybe it could have been a different afternoon had the goal been given.”

Broadbridge Heath take on Chi City | Picture: Neil HolmesBroadbridge Heath take on Chi City | Picture: Neil Holmes
Broadbridge Heath take on Chi City | Picture: Neil Holmes

With Chichester pulling away in the second half, the Bears were left to rue what might have been as they failed to build on Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Cray Valley PM.

Simmons says the Bears can learn from City, who also beat them on penalties in a recent Velocity Trophy tie: “Chi were excellent on both occasions and are a very professional setup. I will be surprised if they are not in the play-offs.

“The level is better and we are still finding our feet. You get punished for every mistake and we just need to start taking more of our chances.

“It’s been a tough start for us playing Sheppey, Cray, Chichester and Beckenham, who were all right up there last season.”

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