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Moulton Harrox are beaten by Wittering Premiair in the Peterborough League Premier Division

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Moulton Harrox co-boss Bobby Patterson wants his side to rally together in a bid to turn around an indifferent start to the new Peterborough League season.

Harrox were strongly tipped to challenge for honours after an impressive pre-season recruitment drive.

However, they have lost three of their opening five games in the Premier Division as the derby defeat to Holbeach United Reserves last midweek was followed by a 2-1 reversal at newly-promoted Wittering Premiair on Saturday.

Patterson said: "We really can't put a finger on it. Player availability is an issue, but we can't blame that because ultimately the players which we have out there are good enough and experienced to do a job.

"It's really frustrating. Myself and Tim Cole worked really hard during the summer to put that team together and, although teams are raising their games against us, the disappointing thing is that they aren't having to do too much to beat us.

"We are not performing and we need to knuckle down and man up a bit as a group.

"We need to roll our sleeves up as a collective unit because that's where we're getting undone at the moment.

"Teams are working harder than us and you can see afterwards how much it means for teams to beat us and we are not replicating that."

Saturday's defeat at Wittering again mirrored the reversals that Harrox have so far suffered this season.

They dominated the majority of the possession but were unable to prise open a well-organised Wittering side.

It was the Harriers who had made the first breakthrough as a long throw down the right was glanced on by a leaping Tom Smith for the returning Jack Travers to pick up where he left off in the Senior Cup campaign to nod home.

Moulton then equalised when a long ball was played into the feet of their striker to pass it back on the edge of the area to Josh Ford who rifled home past a stranded Glenn Longden in the Wittering goal.

Harrox came close to taking the lead as they rattled the crossbar from distance with a fierce strike which left Longden stranded.

The second half started much the same as the first with Moulton dominating possession but failing to hurt Wittering.

The Harriers then hit the front again when Luke Smith danced past a couple of players and found Travers down the right-hand side to slot Andrew Moss in who calmly turned the Moulton defender and placed the ball in the corner.

Wittering continued to battle hard and got numbers behind the ball and kept their shape excellently with multiple blocks and important defensive headers to send Harrox to a second successive league loss.

Patterson added: "It's been the story of our season so far. We have had 70 per cent of possession in most of the games which we have played.

"We are not getting that bit of luck but ultimately you make your own luck and I have got no excuses for what we are doing.

"We need to work harder and make sure that we're ready for battle because other teams want it more at the moment.

"It's something that Moulton hasn't had before because it's traditionally what we have been built on.

"It's something that we want to be keeping and not losing because it's a massive thing at this level.

"We have got a really talented group of lads but it is just not happening at the moment which is frustrating. It's only us as a group that can put it right.

"We need to come up with something because we're in danger of letting the season slip away which would be a massive shame due to the players which we've got."

Harrox are without a game this weekend before returning to action on September 11 when they host Stamford Lions.

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