BRAINTREE Town manager Brad Quinton admits that a greater depth of experience within his squad would aid their Vanarama National League South promotion push.

The Iron boss said he was always on the look out for suitable additions, however, he knows that seasoned players come at a cost that he may not be able to afford and is prepared to keep developing the young talent that he currently has on board.

Quinton was frustrated as his team were caught out late against Hemel Hempstead last weekend as, having been chasing the win themselves with the game poised at 1-1, a stoppage-time goal secured a 2-1 win for the Tudors.

He felt his side was naïve in conceding the way they did and admitted that a bit more experience may be required, but he won’t be adding new players just for the sake of it.

“I do feel we need to look for more experience in there,” said Quinton.

“I think if I had a pot of gold then there would be lots of players who I could bring in and it’s just frustrating with things that we’re trying to work on within the camp.

“We are doing what we can do, though, and we are being positive to do our best.”

But while he is looking for extra depth in the squad, Quinton won’t be following the same pathway as previous recent Braintree managers to bring young loan players in from Football League clubs as he doesn’t feel they are what are required at this time.

He said: “You have to ask yourself if you want to turn the season the other way by bringing in loads of loanees who are at pro clubs.

“They are all about getting game time for them and trying to show for their first-team manager at their own club.

“It’s about them and their philosophy, but I’m not into that.

“I had a completely brand new squad that I brought to this club and I feel I have to keep doing what I am doing.

“I think I’m doing well and all that matters is these boys here now pick themselves up and we go again.”

With bringing in players looking tough, Quinton is looking to the more experienced players already within his squad to take the lead on the pitch and he said he will continue working with his players to make sure they become more streetwise in key situations in games.

He added: “The way it ended (against Hemel Hempstead) was very naïve of them, but they play in the manner that we try to win games and score good goals.

“We want them to enjoy their football, but when you are young - like a lot of our players are - you all gung-ho; you want to get forward and you leave gaps.

“This is where I look towards people like Joe Ellul and Nathan McDonald to say to people ‘oi, you get in here’ and try to let them do their jobs.

“We have spoken about it, but being a bit gung-ho is in their persona at the moment and it is something that we will coach out of them.

“It’s not easy to do; as much as I kick and head every ball from the touchline, how do you coach that?

“It is just a matter to trying to keep on and on and it’s a neverending story for them at times but it’s something we have to do.

“They were gutted by the result against Hemel Hempstead and I wasn’t happy with it as I wanted to win that game badly.”

Braintree’s first opportunity to bounce back from the disappointment of losing will come on Saturday when they head to Welling United in the league.

The Iron will be hoping to improve on recent form that has seen them claim just seven points from their last six games and Quinton admits that form like that could be a blow to their title ambitions, so he is looking for an upturn in coming weeks.

He said: “It hurts if you want to go an win championships.

“If you can win consecutive games so you win a game, then another and another – you are title contenders then.

“If you start drawing or losing games, you slowly start to drop down.”