Lancaster City manager Phil Brown admits he is a little flummoxed by his team’s inconsistency at the moment.
The Dolly Blues boss was left mightily frustrated on Saturday after his team went down to a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Rushall Olympic.
After winning two games on the bounce the previous week – which snapped a three-match losing streak – City went into the match at the weekend in high spirits.
However, they were unable to repeat their exploits of the previous two fixtures as a sorry first-half showing saw them concede twice.
They were unable to recover in the second half and slipped to another defeat – their second against Rushall in a matter of weeks.
Brown said: “Two steps forward and then a couple of steps back is probably a good way of describing how we felt after the game on Saturday.
“After two really good results away from home, we expected a little bit more, well a lot more on Saturday.
“For whatever reason, we weren’t at it at all in the first half really – certainly the first 30 minutes.
“We were off the pace and mentally we weren’t sharp enough. Our intensity was not high enough and we allowed them to get a foothold in the game and they scored two goals.
“After that, it was always going to be a mountain to climb.”
Brown admits last weekend’s result and performance may force him into making changes for this weekend’s trip to Marine.
“For me as a manager I have got a few decisions to make in terms of the squad and the starting XI for the game against Marine.
“I do think there will be changes based around what I saw last Saturday.”
Selection wise, Brown will be without striker Tom Kilifin, who has work commitments, and Ricky Mercer is a doubt with a trapped nerve in his back.