Tadcaster Albion boss Paul Marshall lamented his players’ performances after two poor draws last week.
Albion were held to a dour goalless draw at relegated Evo-Stik side Garforth Town on Saturday before two late strikes rescued a NCEL Premier point at Parkgate on Bank Holiday Monday.
Marshall’s men host Maltby Main on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) before Armthorpe Welfare travel to Ings Lane on Tuesday night.
The pair of draws angered Marshall after his injury-plagued side showed a lack of desire to win.
He said: “It’s been a tough start but there’s plenty of time left. Both team that we have played will struggle this season.
“We were just as bad.
“Both teams had more fight in their bellies than us.”
Defender Matthew Sparkes and Ben Turner fired two goals in the final six minutes to peg Parkgate back, after the home side led 2-0 at half-time.
Marshall read the riot act and took the positives from the response.
He said: “They weren’t putting their necks on the line to score goals. I told them all to grow up and stop acting like kids. To be fair to them, they showed character.”
Captain Nick Thompson and new signings Carl and Lee Stewart both missed the clash as did centre back Jamie Williamson and goalkeeper Leon Wrigglesworth.
Marshall paid special praise to Peter Lawrie, Wrigglesworth’s replacement between the sticks.
He said: “Peter was outstanding. Had it not been for him, we could have been five down. He’s come in and played well in every game.”
Marshall confirmed he made attempts to sign new Maltby boss Brian Cuswoth as a striker in the close season.
Thompson and Williamson should return for Main’s visit on Saturday and goal machine Carl Stewart could also come back in to lead the line.
“We desperately need a striker,” added Marshall.
“Carl gives you a goal a game. He’s the main threat.
“You put his name on the team sheet and the other teams worry.”
George Bissett has been ruled out as he is due to have an arm operation and Marshall said it left him short at left back.
“It’s been a problem position for us.
“One of the young lads, Sam Redhead or Sam Lingard, will probably come in.”