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Robbie Harris says Parson Drove must improve when they face Downham Town this weekend

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Parson Drove have their work cut out to get back to winning ways after they suffered their second successive Thurlow Nunn League First Division North defeat at the weekend.

Having previously gone four games undefeated in the league, Drove have now lost in back-to-back fixtures - including a 2-0 loss at home to UEA on Saturday.

Joint-manager Robbie Harris says the performance was far from a disaster - but admits his side will have to up their game this week when they face fourth-placed Downham Town at home.

Robbie Harris (right) wants to get back to winning ways
Robbie Harris (right) wants to get back to winning ways

“We’re looking for a bit more grit and determination,” he told The Citizen.

“We didn’t lack that on Saturday, but we didn’t get at them enough. We let them play a bit too much, we didn’t get in their faces and we didn’t make it hard for them.

“I’m not saying we made it easy for them, but we didn’t make it hard enough for them either.

“We’ll be looking at stopping the distribution rather than stopping the end product.

“I’m definitely looking for a bit more of that this weekend. It wasn’t a car crash, it wasn’t a poor performance, but we can give more.”

Drove were missing some key players for their match-up against seventh-placed UEA.

Harris did admit that his side were simply second best on the day, however.

“To be fair, they were much the better team for the first half an hour,” he said.

“We then came back into the game and looked like we could potentially go on and win it.

“Then we conceded relatively early in the second half, and just couldn’t get ourselves back into it.

“After that we then obviously conceded another one.

“We were missing four key players in Josh Lewis, Gary Smith, Gaje Drew and Nick Davey so we were quite depleted as well.

“Obviously anyone without four of their normal starting eleven is going to struggle, so it’s one of those.

“We were disappointed with the way we played, but there were some extenuating circumstances to that as well.”

Drove remain in 12th spot in the First Division North table, and are just a couple of results away from cementing a top ten spot as they head into the festive period.

Harris believes they can try to take some aspects of Saturday’s performance into their next games.

“We were good in spells,” he said.

“We had a couple of good 15 or 20 minute periods, but like I say the first half hour we weren’t in the game at all.

“They got the ball down and passed it well, and we didn’t get near enough to them.

“You don’t win games of football in 20 minute spells. You have to perform for 90 minutes, so hopefully this weekend we’ll have a couple of those players back and therefore we’ll have a bit more strength in depth.

“There’s obviously still a long way to go. We’ve had good spells, we’ve had bad spells, we’re currently going through a bit of a dip and have injuries and suspensions.

“Hopefully we’ll move up the table a bit more and get in that top ten.”

Parson Drove vs UEA: Watson, Mockford, Blackman, Brown, Gear, Watson, Hardwick, Jackson, Calvert, Lennon, Alexander (Subs: Harris, Brand, Knight)

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