7:00am Tuesday 1st January 2013
By Matt Plummer
STUNNED Stanway Rovers boss Steve Pitt has urged his side to “get back on the wagon” in this afternoon’s derby showdown at FC Clacton.
The Hawthorns boss admitted being “shell-shocked, gob-smacked and completely deflated” after Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Woodbridge.
Rovers were leading 2-0 and cruising in the Thurlow Nunn League premier division contest – only to ship three goals in the last 15 minutes.
It was a setback to their promotion chances, but now Pitt wants them to get back on track against his old Seasiders team at the Rush Green Bowl (kick-off 3pm).
“It’s very important we react in the right manner and start another run,” said the Stanway boss.
“We’ve got to get back on the wagon.
“I hope the players’ systems were in shock, just like mine, because the result at the weekend bore no resemblance to the pattern of the game.
“We were a class apart and so in control for 75 minutes.
“They only had two shots on target, but then we switched off completely.
“I’ve never experienced anything like it, in all my years in management.
“We put everything into it and I honestly thought we’d go on to score three or four.
“If we’d been battered by a good side or just edged out after an end-to-end game I could get my head round it.
“But I couldn’t get my head round what happened on Saturday.
“We’ve been on a great run and should be three points better off and unbeaten in nine games.
“Instead, we were left reflecting on a shocking and bizarre defeat.”
Pitt will be without the suspended Danny Slatter and unavailable Chris Ribchester for the short trip to Tendring.
Alberto Pinto is a major doubt after hobbling off during the second half at Notcutts Park.
Pitt will be hoping for another big performance from former Clacton striker Terry Rymer.
The front man, who joined Stanway from Brightlingsea Regent, scored one and made the other for Lewis Bentley on Saturday.
“It was his best game since signing for us,” said Pitt.
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