Chris Plummer had mixed feelings after seeing Corby Town’s unbeaten run ended in heartbreaking fashion by Blue Square Bet North leaders Chester.
The Steelmen boss admitted his team “rode their luck” as Chester started Wednesday night’s game in blistering fashion before taking an early lead.
But Corby fought back and deservedly pulled level when Liam Hughes scored his first goal for the club since joining on loan from Cambridge United last week.
However, the Steelmen were denied a point they deserved when Chester grabbed an 88th-minute winner shortly after Carl Piergianni had been dismissed for a second bookable offence, meaning he will now be suspended for the FA Carlsberg Trophy tie at Blue Square Bet Premier side Tamworth on December 15.
Plummer had said in the build-up to the game that it would act as a “marker” for how far Corby have come since he took over as manager early in the season.
“The lads were sat there after the game absolutely gutted that they didn’t get anything from the game,” Plummer said.
“I think that is a massive indication of how far they have come as a group and where we are in our development.
“There were lots of positives to come from the game, it is just very disappointing that we didn’t have something to show for it in the form of points.
“They came out of the traps really well and we rode our luck in the first 20 minutes or so.
“But the second half performance was very good and when it went to 1-1 we looked like being the only side who would go on and get a winner.
“Unfortunately, they have nicked one at the end but my players can be proud of the effort they put in.”
The Steelmen are back in Blue Square Bet North action on Saturday when they travel to Bishop’s Stortford.