Hailsham Town manager Andy Goodchild has heavily criticised his players after losing to local rivals Eastbourne United 5-2 in the FA Cup last Saturday.
Goodchild was furious with his side’s performance with the Stringers finding themselves 3-0 down inside the first 35 minutes.
Goodchild said, “We failed to do the basics.
“You can talk about team selection, formation and tactics all you want but if players can’t pass a ball without pressure over 10/20 yards then you shouldn’t be playing at this level.”
The Stringers improved in the second half but the damage was already done with
a brace from ex-Hailsham captain Ashley Jarvis and a Aaron Capon strike leaving Hailsham 3-0 down at half time.
Sam Divall’s curling effort pulled a goal back early in the second half before debutant Capon scored his second of the match in the 70th minute, restoring United’s three goal lead.
Stinger Jamie Salvidge scored a header in the 82nd minute before Paul Rodgers scored at the death to condemn the away side to a third straight defeat.
Goodchild added, “We couldn’t string passes together and therefore couldn’t keep possession for the first 30 minutes.
“I have never seen us give the ball away so cheaply.
“It was only after three basic mistakes, led to three goals, that we decided to show up.
“It feels like we have regressed over the last week from a half decent display against East Preston , the strongest team we have played. Where players are costing us games by individual errors. I’ll be making changes going forward.”
The Stringers have two games in the space of three days starting on Saturday with Pagham, who lie eighth in Sussex County Division One.
Hailsham then travel to Eastbourne United again on Bank Holiday Monday (11am) in the hope of improving their current 18th place in the league.
See Tuesday’s Gazette for weekend football reports.