Shrivvy deserved defeat says captain

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Chief sports writer

SHRIVENHAM captain Matty Bown said his side did not deserve anything out of their game with Bracknell Town on Saturday.

All the scoring in Shrivvy’s 3-2 loss was in the first half. Despite taking the lead twice the visitors were unable to hold on to leads they created and eventually paid for their sloppy defending.

Shrivenham captain, Bown, thought the goals scored by Josh Farmer and Steve Robertson should have been enough to get the win however his side’s inability to deal with the second cost them the game.

Bown thought Shrivenham were the better of the two sides on paper but ultimately the way they defended meant they could not have a sense of entitlement towards the win.

“The performance was not one our best to be honest, we didn’t deserve anything out of the game,” said Bown.

“We conceded the goals too easily, all of their goals were all knock downs in the area, we were to slow in to get on the second balls and they scored.

“It’s very disappointing as they’re not a great side, we gifted the goals that they got, we earned ours and could have scored more but didn’t. When you score two away from home you should win so it’s disappointing.”

The result leaves Sam Collier’s side eight points adrift of 14th placed Wootton Bassett and scrapping out their remaining six games to avoid dropping out of the Hellenic Premier Division.

Shrivenham along with Cheltenham Saracens, Abingdon United, Holyport and Newbury are arguably all in the relegation battle. Shrivenham have a chance to put some distance between them and the group when they visit already doomed Abingdon Town this Thursday.

Bown said the players in the Shrivenham dressing room were pretty down after their performance on Saturday but that they were confident of avoiding the drop.

“We’re staying up no doubt, there’s still strong belief in the dressing room, we know didn’t play well but we could still have got three points.”

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