Cheltenham Town Ladies manager Graham Fletcher says “they need to tighten up on the mistakes”

Cheltenham Town Ladies conceded in the first minute of the match, for the second time in a row as they made an early cup exit at the hands of Southampton Saints on Sunday afternoon.

For the Robins Ladies it was another tough game as despite a strong second half performance, it turned out to be a fairly routine victory for the visitors with the home side clearly lacking confidence.

They had numerous chances to get back into the game but were very wasteful in front of goal and is an area they will have too improve on if they are to turn things around.

They are the leading ladies side in Gloucestershire following a record breaking season last year where they won the County Cup, but this campaign hasn’t been very reminiscent of that form, having only won one of their first six games in all competitions this term.

Manager Graham Fletcher feels they need to “tighten up on the mistakes” if they are to turnaround their current fortunes.

I thought in patches we played okay, there were little segments of the game where we let it go a bit and that’s ultimately where it cost us.” he said.

“I thought we were much better in that second half we just have to tighten up on our mistakes.

“I think for any team that concedes early on, its always going to be an uphill struggle because we pick ourselves up but then we concede again and it becomes more difficult. If we would have gone in at 1-0 down it might have been an entirely different second half.

“Anybody that plays football knows that it is a difficult game over 90 minutes and you can’t switch off at any moment if you do and you think you’re going to get away with it you don’t and that’s when you get caught.”

Captain Jen Brown Wealls admits they do have to be tighter as a team in order to win games but feels the start they’ve had is having an adverse effect heading into other games.

“We have lost quite a lot of close games where we perhaps could have won it but we didn’t get anything.” she said.

“All that has knocked our confidence so naturally when we go 1-0 down it’s then difficult to pick ourselves up. We know we can do it but it’s just that mind-set as sometimes your half a step back already which is frustrating.”

The team will look to bounce back from their unlucky cup exit on Thursday night when they travel to St Nicholas LFC in the league as they aim to pick up some much needed points.

Watch part of the post-match interview here:

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