MELKSHAM Town endured a poor combination of results over the Easter weekend as they started with a 4-1 defeat at home to Winchester City before going down 3-2 away at Yate Town.

Caretaker manager Luke Ballinger insisted his side played well for the majority of both games, but were punished in small moments when they dropped off in intensity.

After going behind inside a minute on Friday, Town compounded their miserable start by conceding twice more inside the opening 20 minutes.

Dan King pulled one back two minutes after Melksham had conceded the third, before Winchester netted their fourth on the hour mark.

Ballinger said a slow start ultimately cost his side on Friday and wants lessons to be learned for future games.

He said: “Apart from 15 minutes on Friday, we did alright in our two games.

“When we were poor, we got punished, so lessons need to be learned. But after the poor 15 minutes, we got ourselves back in the game and were probably the better team (against Winchester)."

The Melksham boss felt his side deserved more from their Easter Monday defeat to high-flying Yate Town and pin-pointed poor decisions at the vital moments as the reason behind their second defeat in four days.

Ballinger said: “On Monday, we went to do a job and stay in the game.

“We went 1-0 up and they were playing percentage football, putting the ball in the areas where they were strong.

“In the second half, we should’ve gone 2-1 up, but two minutes later, they’ve gone up the other end and put themselves in front.

“When that goal goes in, I’m thinking maybe that was our chance, but we got back in it and then they’ve scored a penalty to win it.

“Afterwards, I’ve said to the lads that sometimes you don’t get what you deserve.”