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Cunnington out to bolster Yeltz defence
2:00pm Thursday 6th September 2012 in Sport
SHAUN Cunnington says he is hunting experienced players to shore up Halesowen Town’s leaky defence.
The Yeltz backline has been blighted by individual errors during the early stages of the campaign and was found wanting again on Tuesday in a 5-1 home defeat to Coalville Town.
Now the manager is looking to solve the problem by bringing in new blood, though he admits any new arrivals will have to fit within the club’s playing budget.
He said: “It’s definitely a situation we need to address.
“We are simply conceding too many goals and it’s hurting us because we are actually creating plenty of chances every game.
“Individual errors have been costly and on Tuesday we found ourselves two goals down after six minutes and with a mountain to climb.
“There are a few players we are looking and I would love to get some more experience in at the back but obviously anyone we bring in will have to fit in with what we are trying to do here.”
Tuesday’s defeat came on the back of a fine 2-1 win at Carlton Town and Cunnington was honest about his side’s display.
He said: “I think sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say the opposition was a lot better than you.
“That was certainly the case on Tuesday. We shot ourselves in the foot early on and they were one of the best sides I have seen at this level for a long time.”
The Yeltz host Newcastle Town on Saturday (3pm).
Free-scoring Cradley Town play their first West Midlands Premier game in over two weeks on Saturday when they host Shifnal Town.
Adrian Mander’s side have been busy with FA Cup and Vase fixtures, advancing to the second qualifying round of the latter with a 4-1 home win over Midland Alliance outfit Studley last weekend.
There was controversy when Cradley’s Matt Bailey and Studley’s Michael Bachelor were both sent off.
The hosts took the lead through James Johnson before Sam Wilkinson, Sean Williams and Jason Varden completed the rout.
Causeway United are also through to the next round following a 4-2 extra time win at Dudley Town.
Carl Burley’s men play their first home game of the season this Saturday, against Coleshill Town.