Gillingham Town manager Kevan Davis has called on his senior players to help out the younger members of the squad ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Almondsbury UWE.
The Gills have lost their opening two Toolstation Western League Premier Division matches – with sloppy defending letting down the Hardings Lane outfit.
Davis acknowledged that it will take time for the new-look team to gel – but believed they youngsters weren’t to blame for the poor start to the season.
”We’ve got to get a better quality of crosses into the box and we’ve got to look after the ball better” he said. “We need to sharpen up defensively – that’s the main thing.
“One or two of the senior players have been a little bit off the pace – so it’s a combination of things really. Everyone’s hurting a bit and that’s not a bad thing.”
After conceding two goals inside the opening eight minutes against Slimbridge on Saturday, the Gills let in three in the space of 20 first half minutes against Shepton Mallet on Tuesday.
Gillingham’s opponents on Saturday are currently top of the Western League First Division following victories over Cheddar and Ashton and Backwell.
The visitors have already scored seven goals this season – while Gillingham had conceded six times in their first two games.
The winners of the Extra Preliminary Round tie will receive £1,500 and will visit Southern League Division One South and West side AFC Totton in the Preliminary Round on Saturday 30th August