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Chappo's Corner

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:19 05 July 2010

SOMETIMES in football you don't get out of the game what you deserve - and Saturday was a classic example of that.

We went to Cambridge, a side who are now two levels ahead of us, knowing that we would be up against it.

SOMETIMES in football you don't get out of the game what you deserve - and Saturday was a classic example of that.

We went to Cambridge, a side who are now two levels ahead of us, knowing that we would be up against it. But all credit to the boys; from the first whistle we took the game to them.

We played some fantastic football, had a goal disallowed but kept pressing, defended solidly and worked hard.

We then missed a penalty, which happens in football, just before half time. But within 20 seconds we were 1-0 down when they scored just before the whistle.

That could have put us a bit on the backfoot, but we got together during the interval and all credit again to the lads they took the game to Cambridge.

But despite of having the majority of possession you could sense it was going to be one of those days as the ball did not go in for us. We had a lot of goalmouth scrambles but it wouldn't hit the back of the net for us, and sometimes for whatever reason if you don't take your opportunities you get punished.

Their second goal knocked the stuffing out of us with ten minutes to go and on the day we did not get what we deserved.

Everybody hates losing, but the reality is it will happen eventually. But we know that we did not go to Cambridge to lay down and die - we went out fighting.

For a side on their own turf to be pressurised so much shows that. And with a bit more Lady Luck, and perhaps being more ruthless in front of goal, we could've got what we deserved.

But that's not a criticism of the boys, they gave everything and we are proud of them and their efforts.

We got together on Tuesday and had a really good training session - and now we're looking to bounce back this weekend.

At the back of our minds we know that last season Stanway beat us twice. But this is a new season and we're looking to bounce back from a disappointing result - but not a disappointing performance.

I'm a big believer in that a sign of a good side is how you respond to a defeat in your next game. We want to go to Stanway and be positive, and we'll ensure we are mentally right for the game. It promises to be a huge week for us. It will be a good test for us to see how much progress we have made. First up is Stanway on their own pitch and then it's on to a home game against Leiston. They are unbeaten, have a 100pc record still intact and are flying high at the moment.

We will focus on ourselves, will get ourselves right and will take it one game at a time.

Injury wise, Craig Lewis had a full 90 minutes for the reserves, which is great. The congratulations of the first time must also go the reserves for their fine unbeaten start to the new season.

Matty Potter is three to four weeks away, but is making steady progress and has started physio. Finally, I would like to thank our awesome fans once more. We took a big following with us to Cambridge and must have had over 120 fans there - which is more than some clubs get for home games. Seeing them there was absolutely brilliant as they sang from the start right to the end of the game, and you could see on their faces at the final whistle just how proud they were of the boys - just as we are!

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