CORSHAM Town boss Justin Flowers does not believe his players have turned into a bad team overnight amid a poor run of results that culminated in a 4-0 defeat to Wincanton Town in Toolstation League Division One, writes JONATHAN LEIGHFIELD.

Connor Williams’ brace – together with goals from Toby Cole and Louis Irwin – consigned Corsham to their fourth defeat in their first half-a-dozen matches this season and they lie down in 15th position with six points.

After finishing third in the table last season, the Corsham boss is at a loss to explain why a largely similar side to the previous campaign is struggling to string together positive results this time around, and admits a crisis of confidence might be sweeping through the squad.

Flowers said: “It’s really frustrating because we don’t know what it is. We’re trying a few things, but it’s largely the same squad that finished third last year.

“I don’t think we’ve become a bad team overnight, we’ve got to stick with it.

“I think it’s a confidence thing as well, and when you lose a couple of games in a row, it builds up and there’s more pressure on each game.

“I’ve got faith in the players, so I know it will turn around, but it needs to happen sooner rather than later.”

Flowers is hoping a first change of competition this season might lift some of the perceived pressure off his players’ shoulders when they host Romsey Town in the FA Vase this weekend.

Following that, Corsham return to league action against two of the leading contenders for promotion – Cheddar and Wells City – in the coming weeks and Flowers wants to see some more of the high-calibre performances that occurred against the top teams last term.

He said: “A cup run might give us a bit less pressure. We always want to do well in the cup competitions, but hopefully it can be a platform to kick on afterwards.

“The two games we have coming up after the Vase game are Cheddar and then Wells, who are probably the two best teams in the league.

“But maybe that’s a good thing too because we seemed to up our game against the better teams last season.

“Hopefully that will be the point that helps to turn our season around.”

Elsewhere, Devizes Town beat Hengrove Athletic 5-1 thanks to a hat-trick from substitute Jamie Wallen and goals from Samuel Dodds and Matt Swann.

Calne Town lost 1-0 to Ashton & Blackwell, while Warminster Town fell 3-2 against Wells – Lewis Graham and Jack Miluk netted for the Wiltshire side.

Meanwhile, in the Premier Division, Westbury United drew 2-2 away against Chipping Sodbury Town on Saturday before losing 2-0 at Brislington on Tuesday night.

Jordan Pinder and Ricky Hulbert got Westbury’s goals at the weekend.