Pinchbeck United are beaten by Leicester Nirvana in the United Counties League Premier Division North
Pinchbeck United boss Lewis Thorogood is backing his side to start producing some positive results.
The Knights went down to a 2-0 home defeat against Leicester Nirvana in Saturday's United Counties League Premier Division North match at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.
It was Pinchbeck's seventh successive league loss but Thorogood was able to take plenty of encouragement from his side's display.
He felt they had dominated large parts of the contest with Nirvana's confidence in front of goal being the only difference between the two sides.
Thorogood said: "We are going in the right direction. The results at the minute are not reflecting that and ultimately it is a results-based industry, but we now have a nice, tight consistent squad.
"We have lost the game, but we had control of it for 90 minutes and probably had the majority of the possession.
"We had good structure and shape and had five or six fantastic efforts to score.
"The confidence of the players to have that belief just to go and get that goal and kick on is the bit that we're missing at the moment.
"When you're on a difficult run and you've got a very young squad then it is very hard to get that confidence instilled into them.
"We are a young group with a sprinkling of experience that is still learning this level of football.
"They are learning fast and are 100 per-cent all in it together and we are very much together as a group to get the results that we so desperately desire and want and have a willingness to get.
"I am confident we will get the results sooner rather than later to get us up that league table. We just need to get a goal under our belts to give us that impetus to kick on.
"We are so, so close to getting a positive result so we can kick on because I think that, if we can get one, then we will be flying.
"The boys gave everything on the pitch on Saturday but Nirvana had the confidence and belief to score their two efforts while when you're battling and putting 110 per cent in but haven't got that confidence then you have five or six attempts and you're not putting them away."
The Knights handed a first start to returning defender Nick Jackson who has rejoined the club from Holbeach United.
He bolstered the defensive ranks which allowed Jack Fixter to be pushed further forward in an attacking role that he revelled in with an all-action display to lead the front-line.
Pinchbeck created the better of the opening exchanges with Ben Johnson unable to get his shot away after finding space in the box while Pat Kacirek saw a back post header scrambled clear.
Kacirek then narrowly failed to get on the end of a Zane Millar cross before Nirvana took the lead against the run of play nine minutes before half-time.
They were awarded a free-kick to the left of Alex Smith's goal and Deen Master stepped up to curl home a fine strike into the top corner.
Pinchbeck could have got back on level terms early in the second period when Joe Melson took possession and fired a shot that went narrowly over the crossbar.
However, it was Nirvana who doubled their lead midway through the half as a pass picked out William Gonga who slotted his effort past Smith.
Melson created another good chance as he weaved past several challenges before seeing his pass cut out by some last-ditch defending while substitute Krisztian Gagyi shot straight at the Nirvana keeper as the defeat saw Pinchbeck leap-frogged in the league standings by Selston following their win at Holbeach.
Knights: Smith, Worthington, Robson, Moyses, Spafford, Jackson, Kacirek (Gagyi), Melson, Fixter, Johnson (Gomes), Millar. Subs not used: Taylor, Stevens, Goulsbra.