WINCANTON Town boss Paul Down has admitted his side must improve if they are to compete for the Magna Dorset Premier League title this season.
The manager has altered the Somerset outfit's formation for the new campaign, and Down claimed that the players would need time to adapt before they begin to reap the rewards.
Wincanton drew their second successive league game on Saturday with their visit to Chickerell United resulting in a 1-1 score line and Down said: "We did not play our best but I have got no complaints about the result. It was two evenly matched teams really and both had chances to win but a draw was a fair result I think. I am not too disappointed – Chickerell are a decent side.
"We are not playing as well as we were at this stage last season but we have got some new players and we are using a different system and we have not got going yet. I felt that we might need to play with two strikers this season to give us a different option but it is early days. We have got Mike Rousell from Westland (Sports) who will score a lot of goals for us but he needs games.
"We are getting there slowly. There will be a lot more to come from us. We are certainly not panicking at the moment. It has been a decent start really but we have got plenty to work on. We have got to strive to do better than last year."
Down's side put together a 21-game unbeaten run last season which he admitted would be hard to replicate, but he explained that consistency must be Wincanton's aim as he expects the division to be tighter this time around.
"Those sorts of runs are not really an ambition because as soon as you start trying to match it you lose a game," he said. "The main thing is to get some consistency. We will drop points and have the occasional blip but we just want to be competing at the top.
"The league is a little bit different this year. Wareham Rangers are new to the division and they do not look like a bad side and Hamworthy Rec have lost three already.
"I think there are more sides this year who will take points off the top teams and maybe it will be more competitive down through the league, which would be better for the league to be honest. I think the four teams which will be at the top this season will be Portland (United), Hamworthy (Rec), Holt (United) and ourselves and I do not think there will be much between us."
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