Gillingham Town’s Adrian Foster is eyeing up signing defensive reinforcements after coming to the end of his tether with conceding sloppy goals.
The Hardings Lane boss believes his side are capable of beating any team in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division providing they are on song.
However, slip ups in front of their own target are denying Gill the points their boss thinks they deserve, forcing him to look for fresh blood.
Gillingham bowed out of the Dorset Senior Cup last night at the hands of Evo Stik Southern League outfit Poole Town, three days after frailties at the back condemned them to a 3-2 reverse at the hands of Willand Rovers.
Foster said: “We were just awful, we didn’t start well and we didn’t finish well. It was just one of those games where nothing went for us. We were so far off the pace.
“I have got to do something about us conceding those silly goals, which is the frustrating thing about it all. You can work enough on stuff and once the players go out there they need to know their jobs.
“One or two can have an off day but if you have four, five or six it’s never going to work. We just concede poor goals. I have got a few players in line and I just need to stop us conceding the poor goals.
“We scored two great goals on Saturday with good work and good play, it’s just at the other end that is costing us. All the hard work we are doing is being undone with stuff like balls over the top and we should be switched on to that.”
But Foster insisted that any player signed would not force one out, adding: “By bringing in players in, it’s not to replace others it’s to help the guys around them, like I have done in the last few years by helping develop others.
“If I do that it will make us even stronger. It’s just the little things that are costing us when we should be comfortably winning.”
Foster locks horns with former Taunton Town team-mate Antony Lynch on the sidelines on Saturday when they meet Buckland Athletic. The Dorset boss warned his team cannot take their opposition’s lowly league position for granted.
“If they win their games in hand they will be second or top,” he said. “I know a lot of the lads like Lynchy down there. They’re not a bad side, they pass the ball around well and they have had a few good results of late.
“It will be tough, like every game. Willand were fifth from bottom on Saturday but that didn’t look the case when they beat us.
“If we perform to our best we will be fine and I cannot see any team beating us. If we drop below that any team could beat us and it is about getting that balance right.”
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