LEDBURY Town have another chance to get off the mark at New Street tomorrow (3pm) when Shenstone Pathfinders visit.
New joint player-managers Zac Blood and Pete Boyle had a disappointing start in West Midlands Football League Division One with a 3-1 home defeat to Penncroft.
The Wolverhampton visitors finished fifth in the table last season and had previously thrashed Ledbury 8-3.
Town lost again this time and picked up yellow cards for Boyle, Josh Szikora, Ian Merrick and Bryan Sewell.
Penncroft keeper Vytautas Simkaitis was called upon in the 22nd minute to save from Boyle before Ledbury failed to get a decisive touch on Blood’s dangerous free-kick.
Home keeper Nicholas Blakeway, on his 30th birthday, blocked a Chris Jones shot on the half-hour mark.
But Ledbury’s habit of leaving the middle exposed for Penncroft’s quick strikers cost them on 35 minutes.
Joshua Carvel charged through and took the ball around Blakeway before slotting into the bottom corner.
Ledbury hit back when a powerful close-range shot from Anthony Bradford was parried by Simkaitis.
But they got the break on 39 minutes when a fine corner from Blood was headed in by defender Craig Kitchener.
However, a second goal from Carvel gave the hosts plenty to think about as they retired to the changing room for the interval.
The second period began with Blakeway giving the hosts a golden chance when his attempted clearance was blocked by Joshua Cook only for Boyle to clear the danger.
Szikora produced a classy interception to deny Jones before Boyle went close again at the other end following captain Tom Watkins’ free-kick.
But Ledbury’s hopes of securing at least a draw were hit with 15 minutes left when Carvel dashed into the box and decisively completed his hat-trick.
Ledbury reserves, now jointly managed by Phil Preedy and Roly Welch, have their first pre-season friendly at home to Malvern Raiders on Sunday (11am).
Training sessions for the reserves are now on Wednesdays from 7pm.
Meanwhile, Newent Town progressed past the Reg Davis Memorial Cup second round 5-3 on penalties against Harrow Hill in midweek after drawing 2-2.