Prescot Cables boss Kevin Lynch has called for more “ruthlessness” against Kendal Town as they failed to make chances pay against Ramsbottom United.
An early goal for the hosts saw a difficult test become a mountain to climb but they were far from out of the game despite the deficit.
For Lynch, he was left scratching his head after they failed to come away with a point as they remain in the relegation playoff spot.
But with Kendal Town next, he’s looking for his Prescot Cables side to find their eye for goal as the visitors see their status in the Northern Premier League West hanging in the balance after Market Drayton became the first to be relegated.
He told Off The Park: “You come away scratching your head, how have we lost that game? I don’t know. Football is a cruel sport and sometimes you don’t get your rewards for all the effort and endeavour you put in.
“I couldn’t fault the players in terms of what they give, what they tried, never stopped, it wasn’t our day and sometimes you’ve got to hold your hand up, take it on the chin and move onto the next game.
“I thought we started slow in the game. The message was ‘stop the crosses and limit the free kicks’, you take away their major strength. It was so disappointing that it come from a cross in the second minute and we were slow to react.
“I think Harry got caught asleep at the back spot, lads snook in and put it in – it was a great goal. I think then that goal seemed to shake us into life and we threw everything at them. Unfortunately, it didn’t fall our way.
“When they’re giving you everything, running their socks off, they’re still trying and everything else. Sometimes you come away and dust yourself down, it’s no good sulking and having a long face. On another day, you’re scoring two or three but it wasn’t the case and we’ve got a massive game on Saturday which we’ll prepare for.
“We’re at home, with our home supporters, it’s a tough place to go Prescot, we’re just taking each game as they come, there’s no doom and gloom. We’ve come massive strides, the performance levels we’re showing so you’ve just got to take the pluses.
“The crowd have been brilliant, they travelled in their numbers which is commendable, still singing, applauding the players off. Hopefully, we get a good turn out on Saturday, I’m sure they’ll be behind the players.
“It would be worrying if we weren’t creating the chances but we are creating the chances, [we need] a bit more ruthlessness in front of goal, a little bit more gile, composure, probably trying a little bit too hard to score, I’ve said just let it come naturally.
“But we’ll keep working on that, they’re giving it everything, the good things is we’ve got four games at home, Prescot is always a tough place to come, teams won’t like coming to us, we’ve just got to prepare right.”