Andrew Wilson felt things “didn’t really fall” for Corby Town as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at second-placed Chesham United in the Calor League Premier Division.
Despite off-field issues including a delay in player wages lurking in the background, the Steelmen went into the tough away-day on the back of fine home wins over Bideford and St Albans City.
They fell behind to Chris Dillon’s goal before Claudiu Hoban equalised but the league’s top scorer Drew Roberts grabbed what proved to be the winner before half-time.
But Wilson felt his team “absolutely dominated” the second period and admitted to being a touch frustrated at the final outcome.
“We are really disappointed, we gave away two fairly soft goals,” the Corby joint-manager said.
“We absolutely dominated the second half but we just couldn’t get the ball in the net.
“We probably weren’t good enough for the first 35 minutes and they took their chances. But we were good for the last 10 minutes of the half and we got them in at half-time and asked them to have a go.
“And we went out there and took the game to them. We might have had a penalty and we had a goal ruled out because of a foul in the build-up.
“There were other occasions where the ball was in the area but it didn’t really fall for us. And, credit to them, they threw their bodies on the line and you can see why they are where they are.”
The Steelmen remained in seventh place in the table, still eight points off the play-off places.
And Wilson insisted the off-field issues that came to light during last week as the club became embroiled in a dispute with Corby Borough Council had no effect on the players on Saturday.
The squad had a meeting with chairman Kevin Ingram after Wednesday’s win over St Albans before agreeing to play at Chesham and Wilson added: “The off-field stuff wasn’t really mentioned to be honest.
“We just wanted to go out there and try to get the job done. Things were a bit flat afterwards but that was because we felt we were unlucky not to get something from the game.”
The club, meanwhile, released a statement yesterday to make it clear that it “has no allegiances to any political parties”.
The dispute between the club and the council over funding cuts and the plan to build a state-of-the-art sports pavilion at Steel Park was brought to light a statement from members of the Conservative Party in Corby last week.
And the new statement directly from the club said: “On behalf of Corby Town Football Club the board of directors would like to clarify that the club has no allegiances to any political parties.
“We have received correspondence from a number of supporters, volunteers and staff of the club in the aftermath of last week’s statement from the Corby Conservative group regarding the current situation at Steel Park.
“Once again we reiterate that Corby Town Football Club is not an organisation with a specific ideology and as such has no political allegiances. Politics is not our concern, the most important thing is the future of Corby Town Football Club.
“The people of Corby and their passion for football was the reason that this club was founded in 1948 and it remains as the principal reason for our existence today.
“We see part of our role as the town’s senior football club to be representative of our supporters and the people of Corby.
“We aim to be a friendly club, open to all, and we want everyone to feel welcome when they come to Steel Park.”