Grimsby Borough: 'Players must cut out pathetic errors'
JOINT boss Nigel Fanthorpe has warned his leaking Grimsby Borough back-line to cut out costly mistakes and stand firm on FA Vase duty tomorrow.
The Wilderness Boys threw away a 3-2 lead to lose 4-3 in the final minutes at Louth last Saturday, before two goalkeeping errors contributed to a 2-0 home defeat against Knaresborough Town three days later.
Nursing the wound caused by back-to-back league defeats after a promising start to the season, Borough host Leicester team St Andrews in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase tomorrow at the Bradley Community Stadium (kick-off 3pm).
Fanthorpe and co-boss Steve Newby are confident in the team's attacking threat – Borough scored 14 goals in four matches before drawing a blank last time out.
But there may be consequences if the "pathetic errors" Fanthorpe slammed after the Louth defeat continue to cancel out the team's potency further up the field.
"The lads know that we can't keep throwing goals away," said Fanthorpe.
"Against Louth, we would have won if we were just a bit more resolute in the final five minutes.
"Two goalkeeping errors, which you can't legislate for, cost us on Monday.
"We still had our attacking play on Monday. We opened up their defence at will, but their goalkeeper had a good game and it just didn't happen for us.
"If you're a team that can regularly create chances, they will go in.
"But you have to be consistent at the back; you can't score three goals every week – some games you might only score once and that's when you need a clean sheet.
"We have got to improve at the back if we want to improve where we are in the table.
"If necessary, we'll have to bring players in that have that can offer that level of assurance."
Forward Luke Fanthorpe, left, and goalkeeper Leigh Cook are back at the Borough bosses' disposal tomorrow to face St Andrews, who finished fourth in the East Midlands Counties League last season.
"They are from a league above us," added Fanthorpe. "It's a big tie for us.
"It will be tough, but they won't be world beaters.
"We have played well; it's just been bad mistakes costing us.
"We are pressing all the time and always have goals in us."
He concluded: "We will go into the game with confidence."