Poor decisions in the final third of the pitch were the main cause for concern at Eastwood Town this week as they ended the first two games of the season pointless and goalless .
The Badgers hit the woodwork twice at Marine in a 2-0 defeat on Saturday and were similarly unlucky not to register in a loss by the same scoreline at home to Hednesford Town on Tuesday.
And assistant manager Darren Kelk, who will this weekend hand the reins back over to boss John Ramshaw upon his return from coaching in the USA, was under no illusions as to where the problems lie.
He said: “We’re making the wrong decisions in the final third and it’s costing us matches.
“It’s encouraging we’re getting into plenty of attacking positions but how we’ve not scored in the opening two games is beyond me.
“At Marine we’ve hit the woodwork a few times, missed several one-on-ones and put a header off target from five yards out.
“On several occasions we’ve also not done the simple thing and squared to players in better positions who were almost guaranteed a goal. You get more credit for an assist than blazing it wide.
“Not only that, but when the midfield dallied and opted to go backwards against Marine instead of the more positive option, a pass was mis-hit and Marine got the ball, burst forward and scored.
“We’ve been a bit naive and that is something that can’t continue. We battered Hednesford in the first-half on Tuesday but again couldn’t capitalise and before you know it we’re two down early in the second-half.”
Ramshaw returns to the dugout as Eastwood host early leaders Ashton United on Saturday before Bank Holiday Monday sees a local derby against Ilkeston FC at the New Manor Ground.
Kelk added: “I’d love to have handed things back to John with some points on the board and the displays have merited more than two defeats, but you can’t legislate for missing glaring opportunities.
“The players are all trying to impress but at times they’re not doing themselves justice, although there have been several positives too.
“The keeper can’t be blamed for any of the goals and our back four have been performing well, but are therefore left frustrated when they see chances go begging at the other end.
“Nevertheless I hope fans can see the change in effort and ability from last season and how we’re set up. I’m confident this set of players can start picking up points soon.”