MANAGER Ian King says a major lack of inexperience is costing Redditch United.

Reds sit second from bottom in the Southern League Central following last Saturday's 2-0 home defeat against Hitchin Town.

King did add defender Callam Mendez-Jones from Rushall Olympic last week but has largely been left frustrated in his search to add more experienced players at the Trico Stadium.

The boss said: "It was a similar story again due to another poor start.

"You can prepare your players as much as you like but you can't legislate for going two down in the first 10 minutes.

"It's not like we go into the games unprepared but we just haven't got the experience and know-how about us at the moment.

"It's about clearing your lines and having concentration and doing all the simple things well from the off.

"The lads are doing well and have shown they are capable of battling and digging in but they really do need some help and guidance by more experienced players now.

"I've been trying to get that in but must have 10 pages worth of players we have missed out on.

"That means we are struggling with consistency as well.

"We went and won 4-2 against Corby but lost a winnable game against Kings Langley. We beat Hednesford in the league cup and got a good 3-3 draw against Barwell but then lose 2-0 against Hitchin.

"We are struggling to sustain our good performances.

"We must do the non-footballing things better to sort that problem out. We must fight for every ball, run for 95 minutes and focus on those simple things above anything else.

"We must now start to repay the fans for their support but it looks like we are going to have to keep working with the players we have."