PORT Saints coach Darrell Pascoe isn't reaching for the panic button just yet despite his side slipping to fourth position on the Football Mid North Coast Premier League ladder.
A second-half strike from Justin Crockford was enough to give defending champions Macleay Valley Rangers a 1-0 win that saw them move into second spot.
It inflicted Saints' first series of back-to-back losses for the year following their 3-0 defeat to Wallis Lake last weekend.
"If you're looking at the ladder, we drop to fourth and that's not great," Pascoe said.
"It would have been better to be sitting at the top, but hopefully we can be a better team at the back end of the season if we're still in the mix for finals."
Pascoe admitted they had played without some luck in both losses, but also hadn't taken their opportunities.
"We hit the bar first minute of the Wallis Lake game," he said.
"I'd like us to be scoring goals no doubt, but at the end of the day we're playing okay.
"We worked on a few things the last couple of weeks and thought we executed them really well which tells me the boys are keen to improve."
Saints have a nine-point gap between themselves and fifth-placed Kempsey Saints so they should still feature in the semi-finals.
"I wouldn't be panicking ... I might be if we were coming last," Pascoe said.
"It's a game of footy and if we learn from that we'll go okay; I'm not panicking at this stage."
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