DAVE Shearing admitted naïvety cost his young Steyning side in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Southwick in the Division 2 Cup.
After recovering from the shock of going a goal down in the first minute, Town had levelled the scores through a Sean Pickup penalty, and looked the more likely team to go on and grab the win, until a lapse at the back meant they went into the break 2-1 down and could not muster a response in the second half.
Shearing said: “We were the only team going to win. But the boys I have are young and don’t realise sometimes you have to put it into Row Z to make sure you get through to half time.
“Some of them are little naive, they have played at a higher level as youth players but they need to realise this is a different kettle of fish. It is going to come though. Our pitch is awful and I have footballers in my team, when we play away we can be scintillating like we were at Oakwood.
“Southwick are a good, strong business-like team, and if they are a mid-table side so should we.”