ST BLAZEY boss Bobby Oaten admits he is 'back to square one' after seeing his squad decimated going into last Saturday's disastrous opening day defeat at Saltash United.
With eight first-team players unavailable for various reasons, and several key members leaving the club during the summer, the Green & Blacks were thrashed 8-1 in their first Peninsula League game of the season at Kimberley Stadium (match report page 104).
Last night, Oaten had the bare 11 players available for St Blazey's trip to last season's runners-up Plymouth Parkway.
And with Saturday's FA Cup extra preliminary round visit of premier division rivals Tavistock next, Oaten admits these are difficult times for the club.
But typically, having rebuilt St Blazey's squad from virtually scratch before, Oaten hopes to work his magic again.
He said: "It's not an ideal situation but what can you do. We had eight players unavailable on Saturday and after losing some key players during the summer too, it was always going to be a big ask of the boys."
St Blazey finished eighth last season and Oaten was confident of another good season, challenging in the top half of the table.
But now, having lost Dan Evans, George Swain and Seb Broomfield to Truro City, with Lewis Coombes expected to follow the trio to Treyew Road, Oaten admits he has his work cut out.
He admitted: "We never expected the Truro situation, but these things happen.
"We're back to square one, it is tough, but I've been in this position before.
"Things will improve and in the meantime we've just got to get on with it."