Exasperated Bashley boss Geoff Butler watched his side flush another three Ryman Division 1 points down the pan against high-riding Metropolitan Police last night, writes Wendy Gee.

Once again a combination of nave defending and wasteful finishing cost the Foresters dear as they were outgunned 3-1 at the Recreation Ground.

"We had 75 per cent of the play. We've absolutely battered them," sighed Butler. "Yet we created ten chances and scored one and they had four chances and scored three."

Met Police went in 2-0 up at half-time and scored a third from a simple tap-in after Bashley had pulled themselves back into the game at 2-1. Danny Gibbons played the ball inside the right-back, Richard Gillespie outstripped a defender and after his effort was blocked Andy Culliford forced the ball home.

Unfortunately for Bashley, many other chances went begging and Butler warned: "If we defend as poorly as we did tonight and miss that many chances, we won't win another game all season. Teams score against us from nothing. We're so brittle, it's untrue. Up front we get ourselves into glorious positions but we don't hurt teams.

"It's so galling, so frustrating and so disappointing."