SHAWBURY United assistant manager Stu Lewis was left ruing individual errors after his side failed to pick up the points their performance merited in a 3-2 West Midlands Premier defeat to Wellington.

United twice came from behind to peg Wellington back as Liam Taylor drew them level at 1-1 at half-time and Sean Evans bagged a second-half equaliser after the visitors again got their noses in front.

However, Wellington struck late on to pinch the points and hand Shawbury back-to-back defeats – leaving Lewis frustrated, albeit happy with his side’s overall display.

Lewis said: “We missed loads of good chances to put the game to bed and then we completely switched off at the end and gave them probably the softest goal we’ve conceded all season.

“In fact, all of their goals came from our mistakes, that’s the worst thing about it – they didn’t have to work for their goals.

“We gave the ball away cheaply for their first goal, it was a cheap free-kick for their second goal and we gave them a free header from six yards.

“And then their third, we were on the attack, it was our corner but a sloppy pass in midfield gave the ball away and they have broke and scored.

“Having said that, our performance was much better than at Pershore the week before. I was disappointed we didn’t win but I was quite happy with the performance.

“If we keep playing like that, we will soon get back to winning ways.”

Shawbury, who sit 14th in the table, begin a challenging Christmas period with a trip to Hereford Lads Club this Saturday before hosting sixth-placed Wednesfield a week later.

They hope Harvey Pearson will be back from a sickness bug that forced him to miss the Wellington defeat but Ben Salter and Joe Delacoe have injury problems.

Jack Hickman has also left the club to join fellow West Midlands Premier side Black Country Rangers, who are pushing for promotion.

Saturday’s game at Hereford could be in doubt as conditions have forced the hosts to call off three matches recently.

But Lewis is not daunted by the prospect of facing two of the top eight over the festive period.

He added: “It’s the sort of league where you can beat the top team and lose to the bottom team. It’s quite an open league.”