MILE OAK Football Club boss Anthony Whittington described his side’s defeat against Storrington on Saturday as their worst performance of the season.
It was just the third time that Oak have played in 2015 and Whittington was far from impressed with his team’s efforts.
He said: “It was by far our worst performance of the season and a defeat we could really not afford at this time of the year.
“I think a few of the players may have underestimated Storrington as they are second from bottom and have been struggling this year.
“I went to watch them the week before and they were impressive and I told all of my squad that.
“However, I think most of the side were looking around at each other and waiting for someone else to get us out of trouble in the game but that did not happen.
“We created a number of chances but, once again, it was the same issue of not being able to convert them.
“Our back four was not good enough in the game either and we were punished for some sloppy defending.”
Oak were chasing the game from the off as Richard Ayres struck for the visitors just two minutes into the contest.
Oak’s Andy McDowell and Lloyd Skinner both had good opportunities in the opening half but they could not find the target.
Joe Warner doubled Storrington’s advantage four minutes before the break and it looked to be a long way back for Oak.
Mile Oak debutant Richard Hudson should have pulled a goal back for his side but he blazed over from close range.
Storrington continued to look dangerous on the counter attack and were unlucky not to net a third when Warner’s strike struck the crossbar.
Oak looked for a way back into the game and nearly found it when Adam Dine headed goalwards but his effort was cleared off the line.
Oak are still fifth in the table and 14 points away from Worthing United, who sit top of the table.
Mile Oak are next in action on February 7, when they travel to Worthing United.
MILE OAK: Stenning; McDonald, Turley-George, French, Marsh; Pulling, Skinner, Howard, Koroma; Watts, McDowell. Subs: Hudson (Pulling), Dine (Koroma), Hall (Howard).