One to take on the chin

Chappo's CornerWith Micky ChapmanTHERE'S no hiding from the fact - we're bitterly disappointed with the result.It was a massive game against Leiston, but there were only three points available.

Chappo's Corner

With Micky Chapman

THERE'S no hiding from the fact - we're bitterly disappointed with the result.


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It was a massive game against Leiston, but there were only three points available.

Nothing has been decided following this game, apart from the three points. The game itself could've gone either way. Neither side played fantastically and it wasn't a fantastic spectacle.

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There were two quality sides trying to win the game, in which we started well and got our noses in front through a great goal from Damian Hilton.

Leiston equalised before the defining moment in the game saw a speculative shot from 30 yards squeeze through Andy Reynolds' hands.

There's no blame attached to Andy for this. He is the best 'keeper in the league and has saved us on numerous occasions over the years. It was a mistake, but you can count the number of mistakes Andy has made for us on the one hand.

This goal put them in the ascendancy and influenced the game in a big way - but from here we pinned them back and for large parts of the game they were defending deep in their own half.

Things didn't go for us and Gary McGee was unlucky with a shot that was deflected over before they scored a third on the break, against the run of play.

It was disappointing, but that's football - sometimes you have to take it on the chin. We were looking to bounce back on Tuesday, but the weather beat us.

Nothing was decided on Saturday apart from the three points. We're now on 51 points from 21 games and Leiston have five games in hand - so they have 26 games left.

Tomorrow is another massive game against Dereham. Matty Potter, Neil Plaskett and Carl Poppy were all set to play for the reserves in a midweek friendly, but this game was called off - as was last Saturday's reserve match.

Russell Stock has a tight hamstring and is receiving treatment, but we hope he'll be okay along with Darren Cockrill, who picked up a knock. Jamie Godbold returns after holiday, while Jamie Stokeld and Ross King will both be suspended.

Dereham are a really good side and they'll be coming here looking for a result. We'll have to be at our best and it's going to be a battle, where we'll have to make sure we're right for the game.

Micky Chapman was speaking

to Mark Boggis

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