We’ve had a nasty setback and it’s important we learn from it

Sometimes football can bite you on the behind – and that’s exactly what happened to my young side on Saturday.

We held a 2-0 half-time lead against Bishop’s Stortford and could have gone into the top three.

But we gifted them three goals and ended up losing the match.

The dressing room was as sombre a place as I’ve known in football.

Unfortunately, there’s no way you can gloss over the fact that when you’re 2-0 up with something like 35 minutes to play, you shouldn’t lose that game.

I suppose that is why people love and hate sport, because ultimately human error can cost you.

We highlighted the dangers that Bishop’s Stortford might pose from corners, free-kicks and high balls into the box. Lo and behold, three high balls and three goals conceded.

It’s another lesson that has been learned. What we have to do now is rally round those who made the errors, work out the frustrations in training and come up with a response on Saturday.

If you let bad results consume you, you’re in the wrong game.

The long journey to Weston-super-Mare has been brought forward to this weekend to fill the blank FA Cup date.

The boys were going to have a jolly-up and a bit of team bonding but that’s been shelved.

I really wanted to go and watch Weston at Staines on Tuesday, because the due diligence on other teams has gone well so far, but I felt it’s right for me to be on the training ground this week with the boys and work on things we learned on Saturday.

Regardless of how strong Weston are, if we get back to our resolute and hard to beat self, that’s all that matters.

Having a small squad can be a luxury, because it keeps everybody tight-knit and we’ve been able to pick from the same core of players.

But if a few of their levels are dropping, perhaps we need to look at filling a few of the vacancies we’ve got.

We had a couple of trialists in the reserves on Monday and a couple in training on Tuesday. We’ll have a look at them, see how they fit in with the group and work it out from there.

But first things first is a result on Saturday.

We’ll need a response at Weston – the players owe it to the fans and certainly to themselves.

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