THETFORD Town manager Mark Scott is looking for new players in a bid to freshen up his squad after they suffered their second consecutive defeat on Saturday.
The Brecklanders — who go to Team Bury tomorrow (3pm) — signed former Lakenheath striker Steve Harley from Diss Town in the build-up to their 3-0 loss at promotion rivals Whitton United in the Ridgeons League First Division.
Scott’s fourth-placed charges are no longer considered favourites to win the title, even though they would go back to the top of the league on goal difference ahead of Godmanchester should they win their game in hand.
“I hope this is a wake-up call that will eradicate some of the complacency that has crept in to my players,” said Scott. “You have to earn the right to win games and we don’t seem to have the correct energy levels or desire to do that.
“The squad have got us to where we are and they have to get us over the finishing line, but I’m looking for a couple of other players to shake things up.”
After losing at home to Godmanchester last week, Thetford could have remained top of the First Division by bouncing back to form against Whitton United.
However, an early strike for the home side was added to on the stroke of half-time and matters did not improve after the break as United struck for a third time.
“We really let ourselves down,” said Scott. “From the great position we’ve been in, we have put ourselves in an extremely difficult one.
“It was a very lacklustre performance. We were looking for a reaction against a team we have already beaten this season, but did not get it.”
Town’s next six league games are against struggling sides or those on poor runs and Scott has urged his players to show their mettle and earn six wins ahead of a trip to promotion outsiders Debenham LC on March 10.
The Brecklanders’ chief added: “We have some very winnable games coming up, but if we play with the attitude, tempo and desire we have over the last couple of weeks we will come unstuck.”
Bruno Tavares and Matt Howard will definitely miss tomorrow’s match with Team Bury, while Luke Bailey remains a doubt.