Deeping Rangers boss Tuncay Korkmaz blamed a lack of finishing prowess for his side’s 2-1 defeat at Huntingdon Town and keeping the UCL title hunt open.
A Jamie Graham volley against his former side mid-way through the first half should have been the springboard for Rangers to win the game at Jubilee Park.
But a lack of composure in front of goal and strikes by Stuart Eason and Declan Rogers for the Croms, meant defeat for Deeping ahead of their League KO Cup semi-final tonight against Wellingborough at AFC Rushden and Diamonds’ Dog and Duck ground.
Korkmaz said: “I was very disappointed with the result, even though it was a fairly dull game for both sides.
“Neither team wanted to lose and I think we did enough to at least get a point.
“But we couldn’t hit the back of their net and they won because we didn’t punish them with the chances we created.
“Jamie Graham’s equaliser wasn’t the best chance we created because I felt we had four or five better chances in the game.
“Our goal was a good left foot volley into the bottom corner and in the second half, we asked Huntingdon a number of questions but couldn’t convert them into goals.”
The Croms took the lead with an Eason header from a corner after 21 minutes before Jackson equalised four minutes later.
But Huntingdon regained the lead through Rogers six minutes before half-time and despite Rangers throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at the home side for the rest of the game, Deeping went away with nothing.
Turkish tactician Korkmaz said: “I don’t think Huntingdon was better than us but we didn’t really finish them off.
“Saturday is irrelevant now because we have a chance to win some silverware and we’ll do our best on Tuesday.”
Deeping: Doughty, Flack, Tinkler, Ashton (Parker), Cartwright (Holt), Ginty, Burton-Jones, Griffiths, Graham, Oliver, Beck (Braithwaite).