Phil Mason says Long Buckby ‘simply aren’t good enough’ at the moment.
Mason’s men suffered a 3-0 home defeat on Tuesday night as two Jack Bowen goals and one from Tom Liversedge gave high-flying Cogenhoe United the victory.
Buckby have not won in the league since their triumph in the reverse fixture against the Cooks on September 17.
Mason feels that sorry streak is due to an inability to select the a settled team and has urged his players not to start feeling sorry for themselves as they bid to end their current slump.
“It’s an awful run,” he said. “We should have won one or two of those games so it’s not all doom and gloom.
“We’ve just got to work hard and stick together because when you’re not winning everything seems to go against you.
“There’s no point in us feeling sorry for ourselves, it’s just the way it is.
“We’re not good enough at the moment.”
Next up for the Bucks, whose most recent win was the 2-1 success against Desborough in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup earlier this month, is a league clash with Boston Town at Station Road. But Mason will be without suspended goalkeeper Jack Riley, who is set to miss the next three games, and experienced striker Howard Forinton.
“There’s no consistency for us,” said Mason.
“We’re playing in patches and I’ve not had the same team to pick from since the start of the season.
“You need continuity and we’ve just got to concentrate on getting points on the board now.
“Every game is as hard or as easy as you make it and we’ve got to work hard to make sure we get results.”
On Tuesday, three goals in eight second half minutes gave Cogenhoe revenge for that earlier home defeat by Buckby in September.
It means the Bucks are now winless in twelve in the UCL Premier Division.
Youngster Bowen was the Cooks matchwinner with two goals in a minute, scoring after 55 and 56 minutes.
Liversedge sealed the visiting success three minutes past the hour.
Buckby, who were without a game last Saturday, remain sixth from bottom in the table.
Saturday’s opponents Boston Town are one of the teams below Bucks.
They currently sit second from bottom, having claimed 10 points from their 17 games and securing just two wins, one fewer than the Bucks.
They will go into the game on a high though, as the second of those wins came on Tuesday night as they saw off high-flying Wisbech 1-0.