Northampton Town Women joint-managers Josh Oldfield and Liam Williams were frustrated with their side’s 1-0 defeat at home to Loughborough Lightning in the FA Women’s National League Division One Midlands on Sunday.
The Cobblers put in a valiant performance against their top-of-the-table opponents, whose winner was scored from a controversially-awarded penalty.
“It’s a tough one to take because we competed really well.” Williams said.
“The performance reflected what we know we can do.
“There was so much togetherness, determination and desire to compete.
“I’m sure if we bring that into every game, we’ll win more than we lose.
“Unfortunately it’s a cruel game, and we came away with no points.
“We feel we were on the end of some harsh decisions which cost us the game.
“We feel like we didn’t get what we deserved, but sometimes you don’t get what you deserve in football.
“That’s a real frustration, but we have to dust ourselves down and go again.”
Oldfield and Williams’ side host Northamptonshire Women’s & Girls Football League Premier Division side Brackley Town in the Northamptonshire FA Women’s Cup quarter-finals next week.
“It’s a competition we want to win every year,” Oldfield added.
“This is the first step for us to hopefully go on and regain the trophy.
“We haven’t got the results we feel our performances have merited the last two weeks.
“It’s an opportunity to correct that and add more ruthlessness at the top end of the pitch.”