Lowestoft Town keep the faith after red card allows first away win to slip from their grasp

Mick Chapman Joint Manager of Lowestoft Town during the Conference North match at Nethermoor Park, G

Mick Chapman Joint Manager of Lowestoft Town during the Conference North match at Nethermoor Park, GuiseleyPicture by Richard Land/Focus Images Ltd +44 7713 50700308/11/2014 - Credit: Richard Land/Focus Images Ltd

Lowestoft Town joint manager Micky Chapman admitted his players are still learning the cost of their mistakes in the Conference North.

The Trawlerboys were level at 0-0 at Guiseley when skipper Sam Gaughran took an extra touch instead of clearing the ball and was robbed by striker Adam Boyes.

Gaughran was last man and was sent off when he then brought Boyes down.

The visitors went 1-0 up from the free-kick and then conceded another to leave Nethermoor empty-handed.

Chapman said Gaughran's uncharacteristic error was typical of the way his side is currently being punished for every mistake.


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'It was a sending off and the lad knows it,' Chapman said. 'I mean nine times out of 10, 99 times out of a hundred, he'd have cleared it. But he made the wrong decision and that's just the little run were in at the minute and we're getting punished for every little mistake.

'That's football and you have to learn from it and it's a cruel game sometimes. I thought the lads' application was fantastic and I felt they worked their socks off.

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'But you make a mistake, a wrong decision and we're learning that at this level you get punished for it.'

The Blues also saw another name added to their growing injury list when Lee Smith was stretchered off in the second half with a back injury.

'Our injury list is horrendous at the moment and we're not having any luck and then we had Lee Smith going off,' Chapman said.

'We had six players at home who are having treatment or rested and you have the sending off and sometimes that's the way football goes.

'You can feel sorry for yourselves, or dust yourselves down and keep working and you will come through it and we fully believe we will come through this.'

The Trawlerboys go to the north-west again tomorrow to face Stalybridge Celtic and Chapman is convinced their form will change.

'We've had spells like this in the Ryman Premier and we've come through it. You look at where we were this time last year,' Chapman added.

'We had a horrific injury list before Christmas and things weren't going our way, but we stuck together, trained hard and worked hard and that's what we'll continue to do.'

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