Boss Brian Davey has urged Knaresborough Town’s quiet side to get nastier to cope with louder Northern Counties Division One sides.
Goals from Steve Bromley and Craig Heard eased Boro’ past Hemsworth Miners Welfare 4-1 away on Saturday.
But Davey complained his players ran scared of Pontefract Colleries at Manse Lane on Bank Holiday Monday as they suffered a 3-1 defeat.
Heard continued his glorious scoring form in that game, having netted seven goals in five matches, but his boss says he wants more from his frontman when challenging strong defences.
Ageing Colleries player manager Nigel Danby earned the man of the match award and Davey said Boro’ played to the defender’s strengths.
“We struggled to keep the ball away from him,” he said.
“We went there with the intention of sending him into retirement, but he’s ended up thinking he can play for three more years.”
Nearly 200 supporters packed the Manse Lane touchline to cheer on Town, and Davey said the team’s performance disappointed him.
He said: “We deserved to lose because we weren’t good enough.
“We want to entertain the supporters and I feel embarrassed when the team don’t play well.
“You learn from defeats like that and we need to be louder.
“We need to man up and take responsibility.
“Too many players are looking over their shoulder when a defender is behind them as if they are scared.”
Town host Hallam on Saturday (3pm kick-off) before a trip to league newcomers Hall Road Rangers on Tuesday.
Knaresborough opened the scoring against Hemsworth in the fifth minute when Steve Bromley scored from the spot.
Graham Whitehead’s shot was saved and then Gareth Dight was called into action to deny Hemnsworth’s Andrew Davis.
Craig Heard added a second a minute before half time, scoring from a tight angle.
Bromley capped an excellent move to extend the lead after the break before sub Graham Phillips pulled a goal back for Hemsworth.
The impressive Bromley then set up Heard to add a fourth goal after 63 minutes.
Meanwhile, Knaresborough reserves suffered late heartbreak on Saturday when Altofts struck an injury-time equaliser to draw 3-3.
Goals were by Fraser Lancaster, Danny Smith and Adam Swift.