After a week that saw three defeats, New Mills’ managerial duo of Andy Fearn and Shaun Goater are under no illusions as to the size of the task that lies ahead.
Tuesday night’s 4-1 home reverse to Ossett Albion leaves the Millers pointless after four games and Fearn is concerned at the goals his team have conceded.
He said: “We are a young side, still finding it’s feet, so we knew a few teams might have a bit too much physicality and know-how for us.
“But we need to cut out the needless errors.
“Against Ossett we conceded two goals from set-pieces and that disappoints me.
“In the first half we had a lot of possession and created a number of decent chances, however we didn’t take them and after the second goal heads dropped a bit.
“It was the same on Saturday. The result looks worse than the performance, especially as the last goal came in added time.”
Assistant manager Goater added: “This is a hard league and the lad need to learn quickly.
“The second half performance was poor and the lads know that.
“We now have a great opportunity in the FA Cup on Saturday (Away to Armthorpe Welfare) and on the Bank Holiday we play at home to Glossop and everyone has been telling me about the rivalry, so we need to start improving fast.
“We will get better, so we need to be patient.”
• The Millers’ development squad host Stockport County on Friday (August 28) at 7.45pm.