Telford & Wrekin have been urged to cut out the sloppy errors by defender Jon Woodrow ahead of their trip to Barford Tigers on Saturday.
Telford lost 6-2 to Bournville at St George’s last weekend with Ian Armstrong’s brace their only reward as the home side were punished for some lax play.
“Silly individual mistakes were what cost us against Bournville last weekend and those are something we need to cut out in the next few games,” said Woodrow.
“Teams will continue to punish us if we keep making them. I think it’s just a case of putting the effort in that’s required and an improvement in concentration levels.
“That has to come from every single one of the 11 players, because I am sure the rest of the team know we cannot really afford to carry anyone.
“The fixture against Barford Tigers will be another tough game. We are going to have to raise our game to compete on the same level, because they will be sharp.
“You can tell they are teams who have played on a national level not long back, because they have that bit of extra quality. On our day, though, I am confident we match that.
“We also need to be a bit more clinical from penalty corners. We had plenty against Bournville, but we failed to make any of them count so that is another area of improvement.”
Telford hope to have former captain Oliver Logan back in their ranks for the game against Barford after he returned from honeymoon.
And with the first three matches of the season now played, Woodrow conceded that Telford seem to be produce better performances on the road than on their own patch.
“We have lost both our home games to Bournville and Edgbaston, but the other match against Coventry & North Warwick was away and we won that quite comfortably,” he said.
“It’s hard to explain. Perhaps we are a bit more relaxed away from home and don’t put ourselves under as much pressure because we are not expected to do as well.
“The result of that is that we are more relaxed and perhaps play better hockey as a result.
“Hopefully that will continue against Barford Tigers.”
Telford are also on the lookout for new players for all of their senior sides.
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