Lower Breck manager Gary Moore has admitted that he will need to be firmer with his squad as they fell to their 11th defeat of the season.
Wythenshawe Town moved into third and in the process handed the Breck their third successive defeat as two goals in 15 proved to be the difference.
Darius Palma added a second 10 minutes after Brad Byrne converted from 12-yards.
It adds to a recent blip for Lower Breck after they were dismantled 7-0 by Northwich Victoria before they were pegged back twice by AFC Liverpool after Christmas.
Moore was left to rue a poor first half despite a second half resurgence but recurring problems rose again for his side.
“A poor start, the first two goals came in the first 15 minutes, poor first half overall. Second half we were much better but it weren’t the best game both ‘keepers rarely made saves,” he told Off The Park.
“Think their ‘keeper made a great save first and second half, don’t think Josh [Molloy] didn’t make any. First 15 minutes, slow out the blocks, give a pen away and as I say the second goal, quick thinking from them, laziness from us, you know mistakes.
“I think we could’ve got something out of it 2-0 is nothing, 3-0, 4-0 I’d still believe but first half weren’t good enough, body language wasn’t good enough, individuals all over the park.
“We just weren’t a team for the first 45 when the going got tough, not saying we didn’t try and play and football but lads were making mistakes and repeating them.
“It was a tough watch for the first half, was tough watching us play like that. We want them to play football that’s our ethos, that’s what we do but we also want them to learn from their mistakes and sadly they didn’t in that first half.”
“The work rate and desire,” he continued, pinpointing what was the difference in the defeat. “They played 4-3-3 the two wide-men stayed high.
“Matty’s [Bryan] one of the best about their number nine he doesn’t stop for 90 minutes. Once you’ve got a focal point like that, you’ve got something to work off. They were quite direct, the ball was in the a lot pumped it up and fed off the scraps but by doing that they’re not giving your back four a minutes piece.
“It weren’t quality football that’s beat us, just work rate and desire and that goes a long way. Especially when you’ve got the opening goal after five minutes that was just a comedy of errors on our behalf we could’ve dealt with it.
“We’ve been caught in possession, we’ve got the ball back, sent it back to Josh it hasn’t made it their lads ran in and the man in the middles took about 40 seconds it’s like time froze, it was a strange one. Wythenshawe wanted it more, that’s not something I like to say.”
Lower Breck are 26 games into their first season in the North West Counties Premier Division but despite currently sitting in the top-half, he isn’t settling for the current situation.
“We have to firmer. The thing is we’re seventh in the table with 11 defeats, a lot of people would look at that and say you’ve had a good season for everything that we’ve been through this season with the turnover of players we’ve had, it didn’t work with certain players for whatever reason and the injuries, they’re not excuses but we want more out of it.
“We’re not happy with it, we’re sitting seventh after 11 defeats, take four of them defeats and you’re right in the mix so that’s how close we have been.
“We know where we need to be and where we need to go, going to bring one or two in this week, one with an eye on next season.
“We’re probably going to try get a few more in before the end of the season, get them in now and build on it as a team next year, we’re not far off it but there’s certain questions to be answered after certain performances put it that way.”
Breck face a trip to the vanEupen Arena next time out as they look to return to winning ways but expects a difficult Vauxhall Motors side buoyed by new signings.
“They had a horrendous patch a few weeks ago. They were really, really struggling but they’ve turned a corner, they had a good result in midweek on penalties and they’ve brought in a good few players; Craig Cairns from Runcorn – a good striker one of the best about – so they’re on the up one terms of results and players that they’ve brought in, morale will be high.
“But we’ve got nothing to lose now, we’ll go there to win a game of football like we always do. It’s up to the lads, they’ve got a point to prove especially if they want to playing for us next season as well.”