KIERAN Parselle scored and was sent off as Chippenham Town drew 1-1 away at Dartford on Saturday in National League South.

Parselle began his hero-to-villain journey on Saturday afternoon by netting a well-taken first-half goal that put Chippenham a goal up away at Princes Park.

But after having already accumulated one yellow card, the Bluebirds’ midfielder was controversially shown a second late on before the hosts bagged an equaliser from the resulting free-kick.

Collier was left disappointed at the decision to eject his captain from the game and said his side would not have been flattered had they travelled back to Wiltshire with all three points to their name.

He said: “Would I have settled for a point before the game? Yes, I probably would have, but when you get so close to winning the game and then have a man sent off for a second yellow card – which we don’t think was right – it’s a little difficult to take.

“It was another good away performance, we probably should have won the game, but we always say if you can’t win the game, at least try and draw it.

“It will certainly be a good point when we get home and reflect on it, but we’re in a good place at the moment, hence the reason we’re so disappointed we haven’t got all three points.”

The Bluebirds’ draw on Saturday means Collier’s side have now gone 10 games in all competitions without a defeat to their name – a record that has seen them reach the FA Cup first round proper and climb up to 12th in National League South.

Though a run that last saw the Bluebirds lose at the beginning of September is certainly impressive, the Chippenham boss still wants his players to improve on the 24 goals they have scored in their most recent block of 10 fixtures.

Collier said: “To go 10 games unbeaten – especially while we’re in this league – and we’ve had some tough cup games in there as well.

“It’s difficult to get points in this division, and we’ve had some injuries and suspensions too. But we’ve overcome that and we’re getting people back.

“Fitness levels are good, we’re very difficult to beat. The only thing I’d like to see us improve on would be to score more goals.

“We created enough to win the game on Saturday, so that’s a negative, but we’re going in the right direction at the moment, certainly.”