Woodford United joint manager Paul Oddy has bemoaned the lack of experience in his youthful side.
The Reds are still without a point in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central this season, but Oddy feels that is more down to lack of nous rather than a lack of playing ability.
Woodford were beaten 3-0 by Guildford City at Byfield Road last weekend, in another game where the Reds were competitive for long periods.
They were eventually undone by three second-half goals, the match having been evenly poised until the hour mark when the promotion-chasing visitors broke the deadlock.
Two further goals in the final 15 minutes sealed the Reds’ faate.
Woodford were without a midweek game, but are back in action on Saturday when they go to fifth-from-bottom Thatcham, who on Tuesday night were delighted to claim a 1-1 draw at Woodford’s neighbours Daventry Town.
And Oddy has urged his inexperienced team to show a bit more footballing knowledge and positional know-how as they bid to break their points duck for the season.
“We’ll give it our best shot,” said the Reds’ joint boss. “I feel sorry for the defence, which has been the same for the past five or six weeks.
“They’ve been doing well.
“The midfield and up front is where we’re struggling because we don’t defend from the front.”
And he added: “Five or six of our players would get in most sides in the league, but it’s the other half where we’re struggling. We’ve got a couple of very good central midfielders who’ve played at this level for a while but when one goes forward no one sits.”