LEITCHVILLE-Gunbower coach Marty Shadbolt says his side must get back to playing team football if it's to end its two-game Heathcote District Football League losing streak.
The Bombers bolted out of the blocks to win their first four games and sit on top of the ladder.
However, they have dropped their past two games to Mount Pleasant (24 points) and Lockington-Bamawm United (19), and face another testing game at Leitchville on Saturday against North Bendigo.
"We've got to lift our work-rate and start playing a bit better team footy," Shadbolt said on Friday.
"We're playing individually at the moment, and that's probably why the result was the way it was against Mount Pleasant last round.
"We've got a lot of blokes trying to do a bit too much at times, so we've got to get back to giving that first option and not trying to take blokes on.
"You might be able to get away with that against the lower sides, but coming up against the better sides you get found out."
While the Bombers - who have Russell Lee and Sam Hawkins among their inclusions - have lost their past two, North Bendigo has won its past four games, including ending the 20-game winning streak of LBU last round.
"North looks like they are going well, so we have to make sure we use our big ground to our advantage," Shadbolt said.
Meanwhile, the Bombers parted ways this week with forward Troy Parker, who has moved to Pyramid Hill in the Loddon Valley Football League.
"It was a mutual agreement to part ways, and I've got no doubt he'll play some good footy at Pyramid Hill," Shadbolt said.
"But on the other side of it, even though it may hurt us in the short term, clubs are bigger than the individual."