Winslow boss Scott Reynolds is desperate for an upturn in fortune after his side’s torrid start to the season continued this week with two defeats.
On Saturday, Winslow twice led in their league game against Baldock Town as Dale Butler and Grant Karwacinski netted in each half but a controversial red card to Lolu Onabolu was the turning point as Baldock snatched all three points thanks to an injury-time strike from Dan Howell.
The result leaves Winslow second from bottom with four points from seven games in SSML Division One.
Reynolds said: “It’s another disappointing league defeat.
“I can’t fault the players on the pitch for their efforts as they definitely deserved at least a point for the second half performance, having to go out and play up the slope with ten men against a very direct side.
“We scored as early as the sixth minute and we had a couple of other half chances shortly after but we didn’t convert the all-important second goal.
“Having lost both Mitchell Day to illness and Lolu, we had to change things at half-time.
“We wanted to defend and play on the break, knowing we have enough pace in Jason and Dale, and the plan worked perfectly for the first 20 minutes until we went in front.
“Once we had scored Baldock came alive again and started piling on the pressure. Sadly through a lack of discipline, shape and possession we were twice undone to lose 3-2.
“Overall, I think we deserved something for our efforts, but with five defeats from our opening seven league games, we must work on the little things and the fine margins between winning and losing games of football.”
Winslow then bowed out of the Challenge Trophy on Tuesday evening after a penalty shoot-out defeat to Langford.
Leo Brooks put United ahead in normal time but the hosts drew level before going on to win the shoot-out 5-3.
A frustrated Reynolds said afterwards: “I’m fed up now.
“Having to keep trying to rally the troops or pick people up when they are down, sooner or later the players are going to have to do this for themselves as me and the staff are rapidly running out of patience.
“We have the potential to do well, but potential is worth nothing if we don’t all pull in the same direction and start performing for 90 minutes.
“Several times we have thrown away leads already this season and it’s very disappointing to say the least.
“Our next three games are all massive, as was Tuesday night. Lose them all and we will be out of all the cups and sat bottom of the table in October. I hope the players realise this and feel as passionate about it as the staff.”
Winslow will be keen to avenge last week’s defeat to Baldock when they travel to face them again this Saturday.