THE difficult United run continued with a 2-0 defeat at Aldershot and another day when the Gulls failed to convert possession into goals.
Tristan Plummer opened the scoring with a freak cross that found the net on five minutes but United had plenty of chances to recover before Glenn Wilson confirmed the home victory with a low strike.
“The lad has whipped in a cross for the first freak goal and we looked very comfortable in the first-half,” said manager Chris Hargreaves.
“In the second half, we got bullied and we got dominated. I don’t want the lads to play nice football that is meaningless and maybe there are too many players in our team that don’t realise percentage football works.
“We made changes in the second half because Louis Briscoe and Toby Ajala were cramping up but it didn’t give us the legs I wanted.
“Daniel Lavercombe made his debut in goal and did very well. Martin Rice needed a rest and Dan was excellent.
"We have four games to go in the season and still plenty to play for. I've got to start looking at things and possession is nonsense if you don't score goals."
United (4-4-2): 31 Daniel Lavercombe, 29 Aaron Dawson, 5 Krystian Pearce, 4 Aaron Downes, 25 Levi Ives; 22 James McQuilkin, 6 Ben Harding, 16 Courtney Richards, 11 Courtney Cameron (20 Kadell Daniel 58); 7 Louis Briscoe (15 Liam Prynn 67), 10 Toby Ajala (14 Ashley Yeoman 73). Substitutes (not used): 1 Martin Rice, 26 Ollivier Gueguen.
Referee: Daniel Cook