Browne happy at first-half display

PUBLISHED: 17:47 05 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:17 26 October 2009

MANAGER Steve Browne left Witham with a smile on his face as Bar ended a three-match losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Essex side on Saturday. Goals from midfielder Nick McKay, striker Sam Adejokun and winger Junior Dadson in the first half proved to

MANAGER Steve Browne left Witham with a smile on his face as Bar ended a three-match losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Essex side on Saturday.

Goals from midfielder Nick McKay, striker Sam Adejokun and winger Junior Dadson in the first half proved to be enough to take all three points.

An impressive opening period saw the Scholars cruise into a 3-0 half-time lead. Witham came back into the match after the break with strikes from Cary McDonald and Joe Smith, but Bar held on for the Ryman League spoils.

Browne was clearly delighted with his team. He said: "The first half I thought we were fantastic, we could have scored at will."

The gaffer tinkered with his starting formation, playing just Adejokun up front with Cary Wright in an advanced midfield position behind him.

Browne explained this alteration. He said: "We slightly changed it in attack.

"We went one up front with the two wide players a little bit deeper, but when they are running at people they get space and time they are going to be a force.

"I was extremely pleased with the first half. I played Darryl (Wilson) and Junior (Dadson) wide with Cary (Wright) having licence to bomb on.

"They did that very well. At times it was frightening and we could have had one or two more."

Despite seeing his players perform so well in the first 45 minutes, Browne accepted that Witham were poor to begin with.

"They (Witham) could not have played any worse in the first half.

"They were a little bit all over the place. Like us, we have been there at times.

"The last thing I said to my players at half-time was that they can't do any worse than that and they will come at you.

"All teams in our league won't give up, they will play and they will work hard to get back into the game."

He was proved correct as the second half belonged to the Essex side, who clawed two back and could have got something out of the match.

"In the last 10 to 15 minutes we were sloppy again and conceded stupid goals," said Browne.

"If we had kept our discipline and our shape it would have been a comfortable win, in the end we were hanging on.

"For their confidence it was excellent. I thought they did well and battled and I was pleased with them."

The Scholars face Northwood tonight (Tuesday).

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