Jody Bevan felt a host of miss chances and his side’s ill-discipline cost Fairford Town dear against local rivals Shrivenham on Saturday.
A dominant first half hour saw Fairford create numerous opportunities to take the lead without success while Ben Snook’s red card early in the second half ultimately left them chasing the game.
Shrivenham meanwhile produced a clinical performance after the break as Josh Parsons strike twice along with a long-range effort from Tom Ballard to grab the points and clinch a season double over Fairford.
Bevan’s men were also hampered by an injury to goalkeeper Harrison Ellis but the Fairford Town boss felt his side could have been out of sight had they taken their early chances.
“For 35 minutes we have battered them,” said Bevan. “We done everything but score.
“I honestly thought we had four very good opportunities in the first 17 minutes – possibly four weeks without a game we were a little bit rusty but if we had that bit of devilment, bit of ruthlessness about us, we could have been 4-0 up inside 17 minutes with the game over.”
Bevan felt Snook’s red card was justified although he felt injured party Ryan Stanners may have made more of the incident than he needed to.
“It is a sending off,” said Bevan. “I cannot defend Snooky. I think there was a foul on Snooky five seconds before. The referee has sent him off for driving the ball into his face but I will stand here and say he has driven the ball into his chest. You see it all in the Premiership, a lot of conning going on, the lad goes down holding his head, it didn’t hit his head, not for one second.
“1-0 down, going down the slope, with an outfield player in goal and down to 10 men, it was damage limitation time in all honestly.”
Your Sport’s Steve Butt caught up with Fairford boss Jody Bevan after the match and you can watch the full interview below.