The Green Lions deserved more from their first home match of the season yesterday, but they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Tooting & Mitcham United who scored from the penalty spot after only 85 seconds through Enoch Ako-Adjei before Eddie Mbango added a second five minutes from time via a deflected shot.
The result, which came just two days after the 3-0 defeat at Southall where GFC conceded all three goals during a seven-minute period in the second half, left manager Tony Vance with the overriding sense of it being an opportunity missed.
‘We are not a million miles away but the frustration is we haven’t scored a goal yet,’ he said.
‘We need to work out how we’re going to try and score a goal.
‘There’s no point in thinking what ifs or we haven’t got him or we haven’t got that player, we’ve got to be better at that and that’s down to us.’
Vance added, though, that he ‘actually quite enjoyed’ the general performance of his team after they found themselves behind so early.
‘It’s frustrating because game-plans and approaches go out the window a little bit, but I thought the players reacted quite well.
‘We had them a little bit rattled without looking like we were going to score, unfortunately, and that’s the hardest thing to do in football. Pound for pound, we weren’t second best.
‘Without being disrespectful, that’s two teams we’ve played now, maybe three, that we’d certainly back ourselves against seven times out of 10. I’m sure they are going to be around us, those sort of teams, and that’s where you’ve got to turn no points into one, one into three.
‘We’ve had three games now against three teams who aren’t hugely better than us, but we’ve only got the one point and that’s the frustration. We’ve got to dust ourselves down and work harder.’
Match report in Tuesday's Guernsey Press.