HEAD coach Dan Protherough says Bromsgrove must adapt quickly to the unforgiving nature of the Midlands Premier League.

The Boars have won two and lost two of their opening four games and sit firmly in mid-table as they adapt to life at a higher level.

However, Bromsgrove's 26-13 away loss at leaders Bournville last Saturday again highlighted the need for a higher intensity during games.

Protherough said: "We didn't start well against Bournville and found ourselves 14-0 down after 20 minutes. That gave us a mountain to climb and we never really recovered.

"It's frustrating because I don't think we played to our potential like we did the previous week against Sheffield.

"The one big difference this season at this level is that you get punished if you're not fully on your game.

"Last season we could take the foot off the gas at times and manage the game and get through it. Now you have to be at it all the time or you'll get punished.

"Every game has been nip and tuck but I think the lesson moving forwards is that we probably need to manage the selection better if people are carrying little niggles because even that can make the difference."

The Boars now face Bridgnorth at home this Saturday.

"We played them in pre-season and it was a very even game, so I'm expecting similar on Saturday," added Protherough.

"We'll have to make sure we have learned from the games this season and be on it from minute one."