Westfield Football Club manager Jethro Warren blamed individual errors for Saturday’s defeat.
The Westies conceded three second half goals to lose 3-0 away to Haywards Heath Town in Macron Store Sussex County Football League Division Two.
Warren said: “The attitude and workrate of the players is good, but again it’s just individual errors. I don’t think we’ve had a good goal scored against us for goodness knows how long.
“For an hour we were totally in control, but the first mistake killed us. As soon as that went in it was heads down. The scoreline did flatter them, but we didn’t deserve to get anything out of the game.”
After an uneventful first half, Westfield went behind when goalkeeper Connor Holland attempted to clear a ball down the line in the right-back area, but miskicked straight to Phil Elkins, who fired into an empty net from around 30 yards.
One became two as Sam Henham, who has been playing well, was caught in possession and Lee Wragg capitalised.
Westfield’s fate was sealed by a third Heath goal in which Holland parried a fairly tame shot and Phil Gault reacted quicker than the away defenders to mop up the rebound.
“I’m a firm believer you make your own luck, but we don’t seem to do that,” said Warren, whose side lies 11th in the 15-team division. “We’ve got seven games left and things need to improve.”
Westfield: Holland; Burt, Archer, Henham, Bell; Warren; Coombes, Willett, Dadswell, Ringwood; Coombes. Subs: Darby, Seymour, Discala.
Ashley Paine and Lawrence Brand are set to return for the visit of Oakwood this coming Saturday. Kick-off at The Parish Field is 2pm.
“First and foremost I want a clean sheet,” added Warren. “I don’t want to go the whole year without a clean sheet. There’s no reason why we can’t win. If we cut out the silly mistakes and keep putting in the workrate we keep putting in every week, I think we’ll be alright.”