Holbrook Sports boss Paul Romney says his team must start games better if they are to turn around their poor start to the year.
Sports turned in a dismal first half as they were beaten 2-1 at home to Gedling MW.
“The narrative for this game and the ones previously is becoming repetitive,” said Romney. “We are gifting teams the lead and giving ourselves too much to do to get back in the game.
“We up our game when it is too late and the damage is already done, over 90 minutes we are not doing enough to win football games.”
Tony Law opened the scoring for Gedling after 25 minutes when a routine clearance from the Gedling goalkeeper was misjudged by the Holbrook defence and Law was at hand to finish past the on rushing Holbrook goalkeeper.
Law had further chances to increase his goal tally, but was thwarted by some outstanding saves by Danny Graves in the Holbrook goal.
Holbrook had started the game brightly and had a few chances to take the lead, but they lacked the composure needed to do so.
Holbrook struggled to up the tempo at the beginning of the second half and, within five minutes of the restart, Gedling doubled their lead through Jack Hopper.
This sparked some urgency into Holbrook’s play, and seven minutes later, Isaac Minott fired in from some good work after an intelligent pass from Kyle Hazeldine.
The goal put Holbrook into the ascendancy and they kept pressing in search of the equaliser.
Minott was denied twice by the Gedling keeper and substitute Matt Harris, who was an ever growing influence in Holbrook’s attack, also went close on a couple of occasions.
Despite this renewed fervour and pressure Holbrook could not breach the Gedling defence who held firm under severe pressure to earn a deserved three away points.
Holbrook: Graves, Ross, Dodds ( Hallsworth), Garner ( Thompson), Mather, Peverley, Fitzhugh, Corrigan ( Harris), Hazeldine, Minott, Akers
Subs unused: Black, Gregory
Holbrook man of the match: Danny Graves