RAYNERS Lane boss Mick Bradshaw is counting on the club’s training ground move to help with working on defensive shortcomings.
Bradshaw’s boys have shipped 10 goals in their last two matches and were hit for six by Hellenic League Division One East table-toppers AFC Hinksey on Saturday.
Results like that are a far cry from Lane’s title-winning run last season and Bradshaw is all too aware of his inexperienced team’s frailties at the back.
But the new manager is already making plans to solve the problem.
The Lane now train once a week on the 4G training pitch at Vale Farm, in Wembley.
Bradshaw hopes the change in scenery from the old facilities at Newton Park will lead to an improvement on the pitch.
He said: “There’s a bit of immaturity. We’ve moved to Vale Farm for our sessions, so I will be able to address a few things like the shape and defensive discipline, which are the fundamentals.
“We’ve been trying to do that in our sessions at Newton Park, across the road from our ground, but it’s not easy to use that for structured phases of play.”
The Lane gaffer, who will lead his side into battle again on Saturday at home to Chalfont Wasps, admits his players’ credentials make the Lane’s poor start to the season harder to take.
He added: “The players are all capable enough. They’ve all come from level four clubs and had experience of reserve football, or been on the cusp of first-team football. I’m a bit disappointed that we’ve not done better than we have.”