Dennis Greene is refusing to get down in the dumps after Boston United’s Lincolnshire Senior Shield defeat - confident his side’s sharpness in front of goal will arrive before the start of the National League North campaign.
Rees Longville-Daley’s 90th-minute winner was a hide-behind-the-sofa moment for the Pilgrims’ defence, with the hosts wasting a series of chances to clear the danger.
Firstly, Nathan Whitehead’s free kick was allowed to get beyond Joe Burgess, before keeper Christian Dibble spilled the follow up.
Defensive indecision then allowed the Tulips substitute to pounce from close range.
Although unhappy to concede those kinds of goals, the Boston boss would rather they were ironed out in the summer rather than being dealt with come August 6.
“It was a really horrible goal,” Greene said. “It’s tiredness at the end of the game.
It went under Joe’s leg, rolled through. Christian didn’t expect it to get there and he’s fumbled it.
“I can’t explain, it’s a really awful goal.”
Although frustrated by what he saw as a defensive approach by Spalding, Greene was swift to point out that his team are still only halfway through their pre-season.
And he believes that the newly-assembled squad will start to click before the league’s curtain-raiser in three weeks’ time.
“It’s that stage of pre-season, we’re only three or four games into it and the sharpness weren’t there,” Greene said.
“We played against a team that sat in and we couldn’t get any tempo in the game.
“We just wasn’t sharp enough in the final third to make that cutting edge difference.
“How many times did we get in and around there? But we took too many touches to get a shot off. I think it was just heavy legs and sharpness.
“A lot of our approach play was good. We’ve still got another three weeks and we’ll keep working on that.
“Fair play to them, they sat in and they got the result.”
Greene also confirmed that trialists Jake Williams and Andrew Ofosu will not be offered deals by the club.
Hopefuls Marcus Marshall, Josh Green and Liam Adams were in the matchday squad and still have chances to impress Greene.