Belper Town FC suffered their first defeat of the Evo-Stik League Premier Division on Saturday, after a difficult game away to Grantham Town.
Those in yellow fired blanks for the first time this campaign as just one goal separated the two sides and Belper struggled to find the target.
Manager Peter Duffield was disappointed with the tempo of his team’s display throughout the game.
“I felt like we played the game too slow. Usually our tempo is high and we attack at pace, but I just felt as though we struggled to get out of second gear on Saturday.
“We had some good chances, but we never hit the target or worked the goalkeeper. And, of course, if you don’t hit the target you don’t score goals.”
He continued: “We certainly had better chances than them until the last few minutes, but they worked James (Martin) once or twice, which was the difference on the day. It also disappoints me that we didn’t push for an equaliser with everything we’ve got in the last ten minutes.
“When you look at the way FC United of Manchester and Matlock Town pushed us in the last ten minutes in those games, they forced the equaliser, and that’s something we never pushed for. Usually my teams throw the kitchen sink.”
On a positive note, Duffield reflected on his team’s performances so far this season, and feels there is a lot of encouragement there for all to see.
“When you think of the games we’ve played so far, and the how difficult the teams have been, we haven’t once looked out of sorts or been under the cosh for too long. We’ve held our own so far this season, and it proves that we belong in this league.
“We’ve got two home games this week, and they’re both very difficult games again. Kings Lynn won their league by a country mile two seasons ago, and they have a lot of quality in their side. We can’t afford to take our foot off the gas.”
“The sooner we can get that first win, the sooner we’ll get that monkey off our back, because football is about winning, and we are all winners at Belper Town Football Club.”
The Nailers were due to host to Kings Lynn last night (Tuesday), after the News went to press.