Pinchbeck United miss out at key moments against UCL Premier Division leaders Shepshed Dynamo
Missed chances proved costly again for Pinchbeck United.
The Knights were unable to end the perfect record of league leaders Shepshed Dynamo who have not conceded in nine successive wins.
Player-manager Ian Dunn took plenty of positives from the performance, despite another frustrating result.
He said: "We were well in the game.
"We kept them at bay until the opening goal just before half-time.
"We probed and pressed but they cleared the ball and scored on the counter-attack.
"We had a great chance for Nathan Kelly and the keeper made a fantastic save at 0-0.
"In the second half we had another 10-minute spell when the ball went across the goal and it just needed someone to poke it over the line for an equaliser.
"Ollie Maltby also missed a chance on the edge of the penalty area and we needed to score when we were on top.
"It was a sucker punch to concede again from our own throw-in and the game was gone then.
"We looked like a wounded animal and Shepshed's third goal was probably a bit harsh on us.
"They are a good side and you can see why they keep winning games without conceding goals.
"When you are playing top teams, you need to make sure that you take those chances.
"We breached them defensively but the keeper pulled off two fantastic saves at crucial times when we could have gone 1-0 up or made it 1-1.
"He was the difference from us taking the lead or getting back into the game.
"We are saying the same things about taking positives because we more than competed with the best team we've played so far this season.
"We didn't get over-run or opened up.
"We have to cut out the silly errors like we made when we were 2-0 up at ON Chenecks last week.
"We are set up to play a certain way and the players enjoy it. But they need more confidence and belief. Maybe they are feeling the pressure to take those chances at key times.
"We need some points to start moving up the table soon."
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