As close as we got: Home keeper Aleksander Mizak brilliantly turns Abel Soffia's netbound shot away to safety.

As close as we got: Home keeper Aleksander Mizak brilliantly turns Abel Soffia’s netbound shot away to safety.

Another calamitous road trip saw Brook Street crash to a 5-0 defeat by Kessler’s Eleven at Villiers Park this afternoon, our fifth straight away league defeat this season. With our final away game next Saturday against Sparta Bragg confidence is not exactly high amongst the support that the whitewash can be avoided.

Standing in for Marcus Lövman who was locked in the dressing-room with the players, Assistant Coach Greg McLean at the post-match press conference admitted, “Our away support is much smaller this season, and it’s entirely understandable. Who’s going to waste their money travelling to watch that? I certainly wouldn’t.

The frustration shown by the coaching staff was clear for all to see during the game, with Marcus Lövman prowling his technical area and barking orders with a face like thunder.

“We’re at a loss as to why our away form has been abysmal this season”, said Greg. “Some weeks it’s almost as if the players have never clapped eyes on each other before, yet we’ve been absolutely unbeatable at New Home Park”.

“Fortunately, we’ve only got one away game left, next weekend, at Sparta”.

When asked if the absence of Leoš Loos had played a major part in the defeat this afternoon, he rounded on the questioner saying, “Our captain wasn’t playing and the influence he has on the park was clearly missing. If however you are implying that the players we had out today weren’t up to the job, I’d take you to task on that”.

He added, “Kessler’s were the better side, that’s all there is to it. They were hungrier and wanted the win more”.

Greg then confirmed that it looks like Leoš’s season is over saying, “The doc is saying another two weeks, so it looks like he won’t be back before the start of the new season”.

The news was better concerning Garabed Palasyan however, as Greg said that he should be back training next week.

Elsewhere today, the big talking point was the 3-0 win for Vodikavkaz over Sparta, a win that takes them to the top of the table for the first time this season. Vines remain right in the mix following their 4-1 win over EK Tuggers, but it could be the end of the road for Airth Castle Rovers next weekend following their 6-0 home defeat by Arenell SC, a result that leaves them four points adrift at the foot of the table.