BOSS Ian Long bemoaned Stourbridge’s “shocking” defending after seeing his side suffer their first loss of the new campaign.

The Glassboys couldn’t find a way back after three first-half errors at the back left them with too much to do at the War Memorial Ground.

Unanswered goals from Dan Glover, Osebi Abadaki and Kieran Wells saw visitors Hednesford take the spoils.

Long said: “Two straight balls have done us. The first two goals are shocking.

“You can’t afford to give sides a head start like we did and the third goal we ask them to play but Will (Grocott) has lost possession and we are wide open and it’s 3-0.

“It’s ridiculous and it’s an uphill climb after that.

“I thought we came out better in the second half and could have got one back at the very start but Platty (Dan Platt) pulls off a great save and if that goes in you might have half a chance to get back into the game.

“Hednesford ran the clock down well after that but I think we could have played until 10 o’clock tonight and we wouldn’t have scored.

“They only had those three chances in the first half but they didn’t need any more. We’ve given Wrenny no protection whatsoever and we’ve lost a lot of aerial duels all over the park.

“They had more aggression and wanted to win those balls in the air more. We’ve got to be better than that and we’ve got to create our own tempo and intensity in the game and we just didn’t do that. It was just really flat.

“The positive is we showed a reaction in the second half but there is no way we’re going to accept that type of defending.

“If they don’t shape-up they’ll be gone, it’s as simple as that. We don’t mess about and have come here to win things.

“Winning means too much to us to accept that sort of performance and they have to react now.”