BASINGSTOKE Town manager Jason Bristow says his side must stop making the same mistakes if they are to string together a run of results and move clear of the Blue Square Bet South relegation zone.
The Camrose club are just one point above the drop zone after conceding a last-minute goal to lose 2-1 at Hayes and Yeading United on Tuesday.
It was another frustrating night for Bristow as his team failed to build on Saturday’s victory over Bromley, which he had hoped would be a turning point.
“We keep getting into positions where we think we can push on but we do not make the most of them,” said Bristow, after the game. “It’s just frustrating all-round. We could have gone into the top 10 with a win tonight but instead it’s another missed chance.”
Tuesday’s defeat was down to problems in both boxes. The visitors spurned several excellent chances in the first-half, while some dodgy defending cost them dear after the break.
Both issues have blighted Town over the course of the entire season – and Bristow is sick of it.
“We cannot keep saying the same things,” he said. “If we play the way we know we can, then we can win any game but we keep making the same mistakes and are our own worst enemies.
“They are the same sloppy mistakes we have been making for the whole season. We had three absolutely golden chances in the first-half and could have been out of sight.
"Then we conceded two poor goals. We did not clear our lines well enough and we then failed to press the ball. It happened too often in the second-half and Ashley Bayes kept us in the game.”
Town will be looking to bounce back from their latest setback on Saturday when in-form Dorchester Town visit the Camrose (kick-off 3pm).
It will be the second time in two weeks that the sides have met. They played out a 2-2 draw in Dorset last Tuesday, Basingstoke taking an early two-goal lead before being pegged back.
Dorchester have won both of their games since then, beating league leaders Salisbury last Saturday before winning away at Bath on Tuesday night.
They have also strengthened their forward line with the addition of Truro striker Kieffer Moore, who has found the net an impressive 13 times for the struggling Cornish side.
“We played Dorchester not too long ago so we know what to expect,” Bristow said. “It will be a hard game against an organised side who are hard to beat.”
Town will be without defender Ross Adams, who was taken to hospital after suffering an ankle injury at Bromley, but Jordace Holder-Spooner is expected to recover from a bout of flu in time to play.
Bristow has added to his options by signing David Ray, who can play at right-back or in midfield, on non-contract terms, more than five years after he left the club, while Nathan Campbell could be recalled from his loan at Chesham if needed.
See this week's Gazette, on sale now, for a full report from Tuesday night’s game – and log on to basingstokegazette.co.uk/sport for live updates from the Camrose on Saturday.