The boys can see us turning the corner and it’s going in the right direction, says Orpington boss Marc Bentz
ORPINGTON manager Marc Bentz says he will bring in new players after praising his side’s attitude at Seven Acre & Sidcup last night.
The O’s started the game at Bayliss Avenue on the front foot but found themselves 2-0 down inside 25 minutes through Anthony Fenech and Josh Patrick.
But former Lewisham Borough striker Kieran McMahon, 18, scored his first two goals of the season to claim a point – his second strike was more suited to a higher level of football, a stunning angled drive from 20-yards, which flashed across the keeper and nestled inside the bottom far corner of the net.
Orpington started the game in sixteenth-place in the Pain & Glory Sports Kent Invicta League table but last night’s point puts them in 12th place on 19 points from 13 league outings.
Bentz was promoted to manager when Byron Beard quit the club to take over struggling Southern Counties East Football League side Holmesdale on 3 October.
“It has been difficult, it has been stressful,” admitted Bentz.
“I’m about to bring in a few boys, through injury and players moving on. We’re actually 10 players down at the moment so maybe these games off has been a blessing for us because it’s allowed a couple of players to come back from injuries but it has been a bit stressful.
“Hopefully from the football display (against Seven Acre & Sidcup) the boys can see us turning the corner and it’s going in the right direction.
“I’m still potentially looking to have maybe another one or two as well in the next couple of weeks to shore up and create a few more opportunities.”
Orpington host ninth-placed Phoenix Sports Reserves in the Challenge Trophy Second Round on Saturday.
“Last time we played them we beat them 2-0 but since then the squad’s changed quite dramatically,” said Bentz.
“They’re a great footballing side. I was the under 21 manager at a previous club. We played against them so I know they’ve got great technique but I know it’s not going to be an easy game but I think it’s going to be a good footballing game to watch.
“They seem to be doing well at the moment. They seem to be getting a few results so I think it’s going to be a very competitive game.”
When asked Orpington’s target for the season, Bentz paused before adding, “I want top six. If I can get the players in and keep the boys here I think we can still achieve that, simple as that, top six.”
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Orpington v Phoenix Sports Reserves
Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy Second Round
Saturday 21st November 2015
Kick Off 1:30pm
at Green Court Sports Ground, Green Court Road, Crockenhill, Swanley, Kent BR8 8HF