ADAM Lakeland has said he takes responsibility for Northwich Victoria’s slow start to the season.

Vics slipped to the bottom of the table in the Northern Premier League’s Division One South following a 1-0 home defeat against Market Drayton on Saturday.

They have failed to win any of their seven games in all competitions so far.

Up next is a trip to Newcastle Town tomorrow, Saturday.

“The position we’re in isn’t good enough,” said Vics’ boss.

“It’s bitterly disappointing to have lost [against Market Drayton], which I felt was cruel on the players.

“The very least we deserved was a point, but that’s the kind of luck we’re having right now.”

His side’s preparations were hampered by the departure late on Friday of popular full back Alex Byrne, who has joined league rivals Shaw Lane.

Lakeland felt Vics’ attack, which had found the net in every game prior to the weekend, had suffered an off day at Wincham Park.

He added: “Unfortunately we didn’t have that killer instinct in the final third. If we had, we’d have won.

“We were the more prominent side in the second half, during which we were on the front foot looking for maximum points.

“But when Dan [Cockerline] shot just wide and Alec [Mudimu] hit a post you start to feel it’s not going to be your day even though we were much stronger defensively than in previous weeks.

“When you’re at the wrong end of the table, things don’t seem to go your way.

“However as manager I take responsibility for on-field results.”

Vics are due at Chasetown on Tuesday.