Gary Horgan said that his Chippenham Town side are not “a million miles away” from turning strong performances into results.

The Bluebirds lost their fourth consecutive home game across all competitions after St Albans City came from behind to win 2-1 at Hardenhuish Park.

It was patient play from the Bluebirds that brought about the opener as Spokes Cruyff turned away from a defender in his own half as Horgan’s side played their way through the thirds. Jake Evans received the ball from out wide and fed Matt McClure who took the ball around the goalkeeper and finished from a tight angle.

A strong first half from the hosts could have been even better when Caine Bradbury was brought down in the area after 39 minutes. The referee pointed to the spot, but McClure’s penalty was well saved by Michael Johnson.

This save swung the game as after McClure had hit the crossbar with a leaning volley, St Albans went up the other end and Giorgio Rasulo’s cross was dropped at the feet of Mitchell Weiss to poke home before half-time.

15 minutes from time the Saints completed the turnaround when Ben Wyatt won a 50-50 on the edge of the box to play the ball into the path of George Morrall, who arrowed a shot into the top corner.

Horgan felt that this was another game in which Chippenham had performed well enough to take points, but they were not capitalising on their opportunities.

He said: “It was frustrating and a disappointing result, especially having been in complete control and taking the lead from a really well-worked team goal and we had the opportunity to go 2-0 up.

“They probably have five minutes on top in the half and equalise, after the penalty the players visibly sagged a little bit and then we go in at half-time at 1-1 having completely dominated the game.

“We are two points better off than we were at this stage last season and I would be more worried if I was sitting here scratching my head thinking where are we going to create from, and we were hanging on in games, and it was more about us not losing games.

“The performances suggest that the results are not a million miles away and maybe with a tiny bit more luck and a little bit more ruthlessness in both boxes we will be there.”