ADAM Peek could not hide his frustration after Southend Manor suffered a 1-0 defeat to Sporting Bengal United in their Essex Senior League curtain-raiser.

Tanvir Ahmed grabbed what proved to be the only goal of the contest at Southchurch Park.

And Peek was disappointed to see Manor fail to take advantage of numerous opportunities before a defensive error led to the decisive moment of the encounter.

“It was very frustrating,” said the Manor boss.

“They had two shots all game but we made a defensive mistake which got punished.

“We missed seven or eight chances and didn’t look like we were going to put the ball in the net.

“I was really frustrated because we had all of the ball but mistakes get punished and if you don’t take your chances then you will get punished for that as well.

“You have them games where you bang on the door and can’t get the result.

“It’s annoying when it happens, but we need to forget about it and move on.”

Jacob Adams made his Manor debut following a temporary move from Hullbridge Sports.

And Peek felt Adams’ display was one of the positives to come from the setback.

“There were a couple of positives to come from the game,” added Peek.

“We took a goalkeeper on loan from Hullbridge Sports and he was excellent.

“We created lots of chances and that is another positive because, on another day, we will score lots of goals.

“It’s important to remember that we have a very young group of players here, so they will learn.

“They couldn’t find the answers when the questions were asked and the tempo was flatter than we wanted.”

Manor will be looking to bounce back when they visit Tilbury’s Chadfields home to do battle with Essex Senior League new-boys Hashtag United on Wednesday.

It will be the first outing of the campaign for Hashtag, who are managed by former East Thurrock United assistant manager Jay Devereux.

And Peek knows his side cannot pass up similar opportunities if they are to register their first triumph of the new term.

“There were some heavy defeats in the Essex Senior League and the first game of the season is always difficult,” admitted Peek, whose side finished 17th in the standings last season.

“We will go back to the drawing board and we know where we need to improve ahead of Wednesday’s game.

“It’s important that we don’t make the same mistakes and we must perform better.”