Alex Pike reflected on Gosport Borough’s defeat at Bromley and admitted: It’s the same old story.
The Privett Park outfit went down 2-1 in the Skrill South encounter at Hayes Lane on Saturday.
Justin Bennett hit the target for the visitors but it proved to be too little, too late.
Bromley jumped into top spot with the success, while Borough are still winless following their promotion from the Southern League.
But despite Gosport occupying a place in the bottom three, there was little between the sides.
A draw would have been a fair result, however, sloppy defending – a characteristic of Borough’s disappointing start to the season – once again undermined their play.
‘It’s the same old story and we really need to defend much more solidly and make more of our chances,’ said Pike.
‘We showed Bromley we can compete at this level.
‘And I really believe we should have taken a point from the match but were unlucky in the latter stages.
‘Unfortunately it didn’t happen for us.
‘But once we sort ourselves out, our quality will get us climbing up the table.’
Had Sammy Igoe’s blistering effort early on found the target, Borough would have fancied more than a point.
But perhaps it was a sign of things to come as the ball took the slightest of deflections to race wide.
Another chance fell to Jamie Brown that he would normally be expected to gobble up.
His miss left Bromley striker Pierre Joseph-Dubois to take advantage of a dithering Borough defence and blast an opener midway through the first half.
Early in the second half Igoe and Rory Williams created the best chance of the entire 90 minutes for Danny Smith.
But faced with an open goal, he somehow managed to chip the ball into the arms of the keeper who recovered position.
Borough’s defence then went missing again as substitute Steve Smith raced in unchallenged to bury a second.
With the result slipping further and further away from Borough, Pike brought Bennett off the bench.
And the striker quickly plundered a goal from the spot after being hacked down.
Bromley were now looking a spent force.
But when Bennett found himself clean through in the dying seconds, Carey stuck out a leg to deflect the striker’s shot wide.
Borough host Skrill Premier Salisbury in a friendly at Privett Park tonight (7.45pm).
GOSPORT BOROUGH: Ashmore, Hinshelwood, Martin, Brown, Molyneaux, Pearce, Igoe, Smith, Wooden, Williams, Gosney. Subs: Bennett, Forbes, Dunford, Woodward, Barfoot