Grantham Town joint manager Jimmy Albans praised his side’s efforts despite losing 3-1 at second-placed Chorley on Saturday.
The Gingerbreads took the lead from the spot and were level at half time, but the visitors conceded twice more after the break to give Chorley victory.
Albans said: “The positive is that we were in the game and matching them for long periods of time. Matches quite often come down to mistakes. All three goals for them had elements of mistakes in our play.
“We need to get away from that as a team. The good thing is that we were not just about the penalty. We had a lot of the play for long periods of the game. We also still kept going at 2-1 and 3-1. We kept going to the end.”
This week saw the departure of classy front man Ash Burbeary (pictured). Albans said: “We could not in all honesty play someone on Saturday who has not trained when we have players available to us who we have worked with twice in the week. Ash could not commit to the training sessions so we agreed to part ways.”
Albans said the squad had a good training session on Tuesday night, the benefits from which should be put in play against Matlock tomorrow.
Albans said: “If we can get the same level of performance as we gave at Chorley, we can have a few surprises in store for Matlock.”