Chris Robson says his Buckingham Town side must cut out their individual mistakes following a 3-0 defeat to Potton United in UCL Division One.
Potton came into the game in good form and pushing for promotion, but Buckingham, who gave debuts to Mark Blower, Mike Rudniak and Orville Francis, more than held their own in a goalless first half that saw Dom Schembre and Andy Cleere go close the hosts.
However, the Robins self-destructed after half-time with Gary Ansell-Carter taking advantage of a mix-up in the home defence to put Potton ahead before the same man powered home a header for his 23rd goal of the season.
Buckingham had a brief spell on top but another mistake allowed Adam Marsh to put the result beyond doubt, and to add insult to injury, Nigel Wharton and Brandon Graham were both sent off for foul and abusive language towards the officials.
Robson said: “Again we have come up against a good side who are pushing for promotion and for 45 minutes, we looked comfortable.
“I felt we defended well, we controlled the midfield, but when it mattered we lacked that killer ball or bit of individual magic in the final third. The frustrating thing for me is that we have proven we can compete with the top sides easily, but we have this bad habit of gifting the opposition goals with awful individual mistakes. This is what has been killing us all season.
“I have lost count of the goals we have conceded within five minutes of the second half, and also a high percentage of goals we have conceded this season have been through set plays and awful marking.
“You cannot make mistakes and not expect to be punished. No other side has done it against us this season.
“To add to the mistakes, we then have two players sent off.
“Our discipline is something I have to speak to the lads about as we have had way too many bookings and sending offs this season. We are not a dirty side, but it is something that needs addressing.”
Robson hopes Buckingham can learn from Potton, who are pushing for the title following a difficult few years.
He added: “Potton are a good club, with good people and I am pleased to see Darren (Staniforth) doing well.
“Looking at them it does give me hope for us as Darren probably went through the same issues I am going through now as they have struggled for the past few years, but his hard work is starting to pay off and now they are seeing the rewards.
“Once we get a settled squad, and cut out the individual mistakes, there is no reason why we can’t do what Potton are doing this season.”
Buckingham are away to Northampton ON Chenecks this weekend.