The promise of Todmorden Borough’s bright start to the season evaporated somewhat away to Haslingden St Mary’s on Tuesday night.
Borough were beaten 5-0 in midweek, having given new boss Steve Hook a winning start with a 2-0 success at home to Barrow Wanderers on Saturday.
Hook said Tod had matched Haslingden for the first quarter but then conceded three sloppy goals before half time.
Saints added two more between the 60th and 70th minutes but Tod steadied the ship in spite of having to replace injured pair Dean Farry and Dan Liveley with Jim Crowther and Terry Lowe.
Crowther put a couple of chances over the bar as the visitors started to pass better.
Saturday’s comfortable win over last year’s bottom side is best remembered for fine goals from Farry and Chris Kay.
Farry struck midway through the first half with a superb strike into the top corner. Kay made the game safe in the second half when he picked up a through ball, cut inside from right and ran into the area before firing across the ‘keeper into the far corner.
A pivotal moment came 10 minutes after half time when a deflected Barrow shot hit a post, but Tod were deserved winners.
Hook said it would take time for the side to adjust to a different style of play. “I want us to play more football and for the players to show more confidence on the ball and express their skills and knowledge.”
Borough have no game on Saturday but travel to CMB on Thursday. Their hosts have also won one out of two so far.