The Combined Counties Football League
Published 13th April 2012
...Combined Counties League Premier Division, barring a mathematical miracle.
Banstead lost both of their Easter weekend games without scoring a goal, going down 1-0 at local rivals Horley Town before suffering a 2-0 defeat at Epsom & Ewell.
The results leave them six points from safety with two games remaining, meaning at best they could only equal the points total of Chessington & Hook, and that is if Chessington lose their remaining three games of the season.
Tidy insists he still has hopes of avoiding the drop should the league relegate less teams because of the demise of Croydon Athletic in the Ryman League, however he is upset at the situation the club find themselves in.
"Banstead shouldn't be where they are," he fumed. "It is hard to find the words to explain how disappointed I am.
"A lot of things have happened that shouldn't have happened this season. I also find it sad that out of everyone, the players, the committee and the chairman, I'm the only person who has been at every game.
"I'd like to be a successful manager and I like to think I've got a good name in football, but I feel a bit let down by some things that have happened this season. I'm very disappointed."
And Tidy, whose team was so depleted he was forced to play both Easter games in goal, is extremely upset at how the season has turned out.
"It was poor. We played okay but we just had so many players out," Tidy explained. "Horley was always going to be a tough game. But we just huffed and puffed and couldn't get a goal. Then against Epsom it was the same thing.
"With Joe White back at Redhill I had to play both games and at 40-years-old believe me, I felt it.
"Me, Jamie Lawrence and Tony Reid in the same team - that is quite a high combined age. And against Horley, Ian Chatfield was in the other goal, us two keepers together would be pushing 80!"