Scott Reynolds bemoaned Winslow United’s luck after their 3-0 defeat at promotion hopefuls Risborough Rangers.
With an already depleted squad, United lost goalkeeper Jack Sillitoe to a dislocated shoulder early on, which meant an outfield player had to go in goal, before Mustafa El-Azouzi was also forced off with injury as Winslow went into half-time trailing 1-0.
The visitors then wasted several chances in the second half and also had a strong shout for a penalty turned down before their misery was compounded when two late Risborough goals, including one screamer from 40 yards, condemned Winslow to a somewhat harsh 3-0 defeat.
Reynolds said afterwards: “I’ve got to be honest and say I have mixed feelings. We’ve come away from the ground scratching our heads, thinking how have we lost that 3-0?
“We had several key members of our best 11 not available. Joel was carrying a hamstring injury but managed to complete 90 minutes.
“The game got off to a terrible start when our on-loan goalkeeper dislocated his shoulder for the third time in a year and had to come off. Without a sub keeper, Nick Farrow had to go in goal and was beaten by a soft header just seconds after going on.
“We then lost Mustafa 10 minutes later after he pulled up with a groin strain, but we managed to hold on and keep it at 1-0 until half-time thanks to some resolute defending and good spells of possession.
“In the second half we went for it. I felt we dominated and spent the majority of the game in their half. We had numerous half chances and a stone wall penalty turned down at 1-0, which could have potentially changed the game.
“A moment of magic from their forward saw him lob Farrow from just inside our half and then they scored a third while we were all out attack.
“Overall it was a great effort from our lads, especially considering we had a patched up squad and zero luck all day.
“We have to dust off and prepare well for another tough trip to Bedford next week.”
Winslow are five points clear of safety in SSML Division One and face another tough away game this weekend when they go to Bedford.