TERRAS: Time to make changes, insists Matthews

HEADS UP: Stewart Yetton challenges for the ball

HEADS UP: Stewart Yetton challenges for the ball

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JASON Matthews has promised to make changes following Saturday’s disappointing result against Biggleswade Town.

The frustrated boss once again accused his team of shooting themselves in the foot in the 2-2 home draw, which saw the Terras needing to hit back twice to claim a share of the spoils.

Matthews told Echosport: “I was not overly disappointed with how we played in the first half but, once again, we conceded a sloppy goal and from there we struggled to break them down.

“We had plenty of possession but no cutting edge and at half-time we knew we had to raise our game.

“We then came out in the second half and equalised straight away, only to take our foot off the gas again and let them back in it.

“We were a little one-paced throughout and the defending for their second goal was particularly poor.

“Things like that need to stop and changes will definitely be made now to try and make that happen.

“Some people have had two or three chances to put it right but mistakes are continuing to be made and they are costing us dear.

“It can be harsh when you play at the back or in goal because any mistakes you make tend to be punished and they were punished again on Saturday.

“After going 2-1 down, I cannot fault the lads because they did dig in and get the equaliser, but had we been sharper all over the pitch we could have won that game.

“I felt a few decisions did not go our way but I am not making that an excuse because we should have done much better.

“We didn’t test their keeper enough and overall it was very frustrating.”

The Terras have now conceded 20 goals in their last eight outings in the Calor Southern Premier Division, and with their next two games being against Chesham United and Hemel Hempstead Town, it is clear something needs to be done.

Player-boss Matthews added: “We keep shooting ourselves in the foot and it cannot continue.

“The same happened last Wednesday at Cambridge City where we had more of the possession but undid our good work by gifting them goals.

“Our next two games are against the top two, Chesham and the leaders Hemel, both of whom possess really good forwards, so it is vital we tighten things up.

“Both games are an opportunity to pit our wits against the best and it will be interesting to see whether we can actually keep a clean sheet against one of them.”

One player that has pleased Matthews recently is midfielder Adam Kelly, who looks set to be offered a deal for next season.

The experienced keeper said: “I thought Adam played well again on Saturday and he is really showing me how much he wants to be here.

“His attitude and will to win has really impressed me and we will be looking to sit down with him in the near future about tying him up for next year.”

The Terras, who sit 10th in the Southern Premier, host promotion-chasing Chesham tomorrow night (7.45pm).

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