HALESOWEN Town boss John Hill says his players have been their own worst enemies so far this season.

The Yeltz have lost three of their first four games and fell to back-to-back defeats when Saturday's 2-1 loss at home to league new boys Farsley Celtic was followed by Tuesday night's 2-0 loss at Hednesford.

Hill thinks slow starts are costing his side. He said: "We do lack a bit of quality at the moment but we are giving ourselves a mountain to climb in the our first half performances.

"We aren't defending our box well enough and that is setting us back massively.

"The goal we gave away at Hednesford was comical as we failed to deal with a miss-hit cross.

"Our problem is that we are starting too slowly and always trying to come back in games. If we could keep a clean sheet then maybe we'd have a chance.

"It Started at Workington and was the same against Farsley and then Hednesford.

"We were 3-0 down at half time at Workington but won the second half and lost 3-1. We were 2-0 down at half time against Farsley but won the second half and lost 2-1 and then were 2-0 down at Hednesford but kept the score the same with as better second half.

"We can't afford to keep coming from behind.

"This week in training we'll be working on defending our box better. I didn't think we'd be doing this so soon but we no choice.

"So many balls go into the box at this level that you have to be able to deal with them.

"There is work to be done and we'll make sure it happens."

Halesowen brought in forward Wade Malley from Bromsgrove Sporting this week but Hill is determined to add even more quality to his squad.

He said: "We are always making enquiries for new players and that is still going on. Without doubt we need to add more.

"We tried to freshen things up over the summer but it hasn't worked.We need to liven things up.

"Wade Malley has been earning some good reviews and it'll be really good to work with him and see how he can improve."

Town will look to hit back when they go to Buxton this Saturday before welcoming Sutton Coldfield to the Grove on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Yeltz could be without Cameron Steele (groin) and Solihull loanee Will Mellors-Blair, who is facing a spell on the sidelines with illness.