Frickley boss Karl Rose has admitted he felt “embarassed” by some of the goals his side conceded in their 6-4 defeat at Stamford.
But Rose also took some positives from his side’s opening day defeat, which featured four different Frickley goalscorers and a full 90 minutes for striker Gavin Allott.
Allott, who was nurtured through pre-season on his return from injury, was deemed fit enough to start against Stamford and after Frickley conceded a fourth-minute opener, he wasted little time in opening his account with the equaliser, eight minutes later.
Despite further strikes from Mark Gray, Joe Fox and Luke Hinsley, however, Frickley’s defensive frailties let them down and they went down 6-4.
“It’s amazing, really, to go away from home, score four goals and come back with nothing,” Rose said.
“Not even a point.
“Going forward, we were excellent and all our plans worked very well, so that was pleasing.
“I thought we dominated for long periods of the game, so there are certainly positives to take out of the game, but on the flip side it’s disappointing to let in six goals.”
Rose’s frustration was compounded by goalkeeper Tom Woodhead’s own goal.
“We lost four goals to silly mistakes,” he said.
“I don’t want to criticise anybody, but when your defenders all leave a cross and then your goalkeeper kicks it into his own net, it does leave you feeling helpless.
“But we’ve got two winnable games over the Bank Holiday weekend, at home to Rushall Olympic and away at Whitby Town, so we have to pick ourselves up quickly.”