Jerry Gill admitted after Saturday’s FA Cup exit at the hands of Billericay Town that he’s experiencing his most difficult spell as Bath City manager.

The Romans bowed out of the Cup at Billericay on the two-year anniversary of his appointment, having thrown away a lead for the fifth time in nine matches, four of those ending in losses.

With a squad average age of just under 23, City’s youngsters have experienced a baptism of fire in recent matches, following such a promising start to the campaign which saw them top the table after four matches.

But a drop in form since has left them mid-table, and dreams of a cup run shelved for another season.

“It’s a tough time, a tough time for all of us,” admitted Gill. “Undoubtedly the toughest since I took over.

“There’s only one way to get out of it – we’ll work ever so hard.

“We’re mid-table in the league, which isn’t acceptable, and we’re out of the FA Cup, which I don’t believe is acceptable as well.”

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