Brackley Town manager Jon Brady felt his side “deserved better” following their 1-0 home defeat to Chorley at St James Park on Saturday.
Chorley completed the double over Saints in a tight game where the big decisions went against the home side, as for the third successive home game Brackley were unable to find the net and now have just one win in eight games.
Brady said afterwards: “We lack a cutting edge at the moment but this afternoon players worked hard and deserved better.
“Greg Kaziboni was strong and never stopped running and I was delighted with young Roddy Collins in a midfield position. He did a job for us.
“But we have sustained injuries today that we can ill afford and were on the wrong end of too many disappointing decisions.”
Chris Simm’s 63rd minute header somehow found the corner of the goal from James Dean’s cross to register the only goal of a game of few chances.
The game’s key moment came in the first half when Brackley were denied what appeared to be a clear first half penalty as Mark Ross handled the ball after a fine run by Will Green, but stand-in referee Craig Hicks waved away the strong appeals.
Saints’ keeper Billy Turley limped from the pitch after just 17 minutes, bringing Dean Snedker into the fray, before left-back Chris Carruthers also departed with an injury and was replaced with Stuart Pierpoint.
Kaziboni shot over and Ryan Rowe set up Sam Whittall who fired just wide as Brackley desperately sought something from the game, while Dean turned well to shoot and go close for the visitors.
Despite some late pressure, Saints could not break through on a day when it felt that nothing would go right for the home side as their fears of relegation continue to grow.
This Saturday Saints travel to Guiseley before crucial games at home to North Ferriby and then away at Colwyn Bay.
Brackley: Turley (Snedker 17), Samuels, Carruthers (Pierpoint 32), Eddie Odhiambo, Sinclair, Austin, Collins, Whittall, Rowe (Moyo 69), Green, Kaziboni.
Chorley: Ashton, Whitham, Mather, Ross, Flynn, Roscoe, Dean, Winter, Simm (Jarvis 90), Dorney (Almond 65), Cottrell.
Referee: Craig Hicks