Another disappointing result as our run extended to seven defeats in a row.
Benn was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up, effectively playing as a lone striker, though Gilly kept pushing forward to support him. Marron again lined up at right-back, with Rawsy starting alongside Leon in the centre of defence, with Wheats at left-back.
Owen lined up on the right wing, with Charlo on the left and Gelly and Burton joining Gilly in the middle.
Sadly, Rawsy only lasted about 20 minutes before picking up a knock and having to go off, to be replaced by Basher.
Synners looked dangerous early on and showed they were prepared to shoot from distance, with Lips having to get down well to save a couple of long-range efforts.
We had the ball in the net midway through the half when Benn controlled the ball and fired home but he was adjudged to have used his hand, with little protest from the Marske players.
We were struggling to keep possession and create chances and were made to pay after half an hour when Blyth hit a great shot from the edge of the box, that found the bottom corner, giving Lips no chance.
We improved a bit after that, with Owen showing a flash of what he can do, going on a run down the right and pulling the trigger from the edge of the box but a defender got a vital deflection to send the ball over the bar.
10 minutes into the second half it was 2-0 and effectively game over when an error from Marron left Blyth clean through with only Lips to beat. Lips slipped but still managed to get a leg to the ball to seemingly thwart the chance. However, Blyth was able to curl the ball home from a narrow angle and get his second of the game.
Sadly, we had very little in response and Synners could have had more, with two shots cleared off the line and Lips tipping a fantastic effort onto the bar late on.
It says a lot that Lips was (for me, at least) MOTM in a game we lost 2-0, with a couple more worldys in the bag.
We're obviously low on confidence at the moment and as a result, the performance felt flat. Sadly, that's then passed on to the fans, with the ground feeling flat as well as the home fans didn't really have anything to cheer over the 90 minutes (other than Lips's saves).
What worries me the most about the current run isn't the fact we're losing or even that we're not scoring goals. It's the fact that we've barely tested the opposition goalkeeper in recent games. If you're creating chances but don't score, that's easy to fix but if you're not creating chances at all, it's a much bigger problem and one that needs to be fixed quickly before those near the bottom start creeping up on us in the table.
On a more positive note, the lads never stopped trying yesterday. Right up to the final whistle, they kept on going, trying to find that elusive goal. The goals and results will start to come, hopefully next week against Billingham Town.
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