BARNSTAPLE Town have to stay “strong” and “positive” as they endure their worst league run for more than three years.
A 1-0 defeat to Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday night made it six Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West reverses on the spin for Barum.
Not since their Toolstation Western League days in 2013 have they been beaten six times consecutively.
Despite the losses, five of them have only been by a solitary goal – and manager Barry Yeo remained optimistic.
“We have to stay strong,” he said. “We have to stay positive and focused.
“It is a brilliant league to be involved in but it is tough and a learning curve for us. We have to remember where we have come from.
“We are improving and we have shown we can mix with the top teams.”
Tuesday’s blank against Supermarine meant Barnstaple, who remain fourth from bottom, have only scored two goals in their last six in the league.
“We have to believe it will change,” said Yeo. “It happens in football.
“You look at other teams and players and they go on barren runs. We are losing 1-0 and that is frustrating but we are doing the right things.
“Against Swindon there is no way we deserved to even draw the game let alone lose it.
“If we could have turned some of those 1-0 defeats into a draw or even nick a win, things would be looking a lot healthier.”
“We are getting punished for one mistake or a bit of luck at the minute and that is killing us.”