INDIVIDUAL errors must be corrected if Melksham Town are to start recording results that their performances merit, according to manager Richard Fey.

Town started their Bank Holiday weekend with a 1-1 draw away lower-league opponents Shepton Mallet in the FA Cup before losing 4-2 at home to Paulton Rovers in Southern League Division One South on Monday.

Fey admits he is concerned by his side’s ability to gift opposition teams goals from half-chances, and is consequently in dialogue with a defender regarding a possible move to the infiLED Arena.

On the contrary, the Town boss is understanding that injuries, work commitments and holidays have denied his squad the chance to play as one complete unit so far this season.

And Fey is therefore willing to be patient with his new-look squad.

He said: “It’s a brand-new team. We haven’t had a settled team for two games running as we’ve had to chop and change things.

“We’re only four games in, and it is disappointing to lose. But we’re creating chances and are coming off the pitch knowing we have been the better team.

“Unfortunately, we have conceded 12 goals. That needs to be dealt with and we need the lads to start taking responsibility and defending properly.

“Individual mistakes are costing at the moment.”

Melksham were 2-0 down early against Paulton on Monday as Cameron Shorney and Ali Sen netted.

Luke Ballinger and Jack Ball restored parity before half-time but Paulton won it through Ben Bament’s second-half double.

Forgetting individual errors, Fey has been encouraged by the general performance levels of his squad.

Nine goals have been scored in Melksham’s first five competitive fixtures – a stat that Fey can be pleased with considering the budget available to him.

He added: “It sounds strange, but our performance on Saturday against Shepton Mallet was excellent – we just couldn’t score.

“And the same applies on Monday against Paulton. Anyone that watched the game will see that we are not taking our chances, and we could’ve been two or three goals up before they scored their first.

“Two of Paulton’s goals were great. We seemed to have all the ball, but couldn’t score.”