4:19pm Sunday 18th August 2013
By Andrew Simpson
BRIAN Pritchard blamed his side’s charity in defence for an opening day defeat at Buxton.
The Witton boss told the Guardian there was plenty to improve upon after Lee Morris’ double earned the home team a deserved 3-1 win.
Each of those goals could have been avoided, according to the Albion boss.
He said: “We made mistakes every time.
“I saw things that worry me, issues I thought had been resolved. We were too nice, too passive, and on occasion our defending was woeful.
“For the first 45 minutes, it felt like I watched the same move over and over as a player found himself free inside our penalty area.”
Buxton ought to have led before Morris, left unmarked for the third time, steered a perfectly-placed header past Matt Cooper from Grant Black’s free kick.
He had been forgiving on the other occasions.
By then Martin McIntosh’s men had twice hit the woodwork in quick succession, first through Scott Maxfield and then Morris.
Pritchard said: “I thought we had ridden our luck, so it was frustrating to go in 1-0 down.
“We were sluggish to start with though if I’m honest, and didn’t get out of first gear.
“It’s true that Buxton started brightly, but I would expect that as they’re at home and want to make an impression.
“In those instances it’s important to win the arm wrestle, and we didn’t.”
The visitors threatened most in the quarter hour after half time, going close through Matt Purcell and Danny Andrews before Kyle Wilson levelled on the hour.
In complete control, they looked likely winners. Then Morris struck again.
Substitute Leon Osborne made safe the points with a third goal eight minutes from time.
Pritchard said: “We came out for the second half with a cracking reaction and took the game to them.
“I expected us to go on after scoring, only to commit suicide defensively.
“When you’re on top, you must make it count.”
Witton return to action in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League's Premier Division on Tuesday, when Marine visit Wincham Park. Kick off is 7.45pm
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