RAYNERS Lane boss Mick Bradshaw believes a lack of experience from his young players saw them throw away a three-goal lead at Penn & Tylers Green at the weekend.
A Callum McCallum double and one from substitute Daniel Chadbourne looked to have secured three points for the Lane before a late collapse saw the points shared.
Green scored twice in injury time to complete their three-goal comeback and Bradshaw felt his boys should have run the clock down instead of going for a needless fourth.
He said: “To be fair to Penn & Tylers Green, 3-0 probably flattered us a bit. The first goal was an absolute worldy against the run of play. We had a purple patch in the second-half for about 20 minutes and opened them up at will.
“It’s a young side though and they got a bit carried away. Instead of keeping the shape and keeping things tight for five or 10 minutes they allowed Penn to produce a response. We really needed to just calm down and defend for a few minutes, which we didn’t do.
“The young lads were getting a bit too excited and tried to score a fourth goal when we didn’t need to. A bit of panic set in and they scored two goals in injury time.”
The Lane manager had previously told the Observer it will be Christmas before he knows whether his team are genuine title challengers, a stance he still takes.
He added: “I think we can still contend. I still think by Christmas we’ll pretty much know whether we’ll be able to challenge or we’ll be looking at mid-table - I think that still stands. You can start to look at the table and can calculate whereabouts you’ll be.”