CHIPPENHAM Town boss Mark Collier rued the moments of misfortune he believes turned the tide against the Bluebirds in their 4-2 National League South defeat at Concord Rangers on Saturday.

The visitors led 2-1 at the interval as on-loan Bristol City ace James Morton and Will Richards found the net either side of Lewis Knight’s response from the Essex hosts.

But Chippenham then lost Greg Tindle, who was forced off at the break with a recurrence of ankle ligament trouble after making a tackle and Ben Greenhalgh restored parity in the second half.

Collier’s men were then reduced to 10 men as midfielder Dean Evans saw red for a second bookable offence and Rangers took full advantage, Knight nodding home his second before Amos Nasha wrapped up the points.

Collier said: “It was another eventful game we were involved with.

“We started quite well and at half-time we were 2-1 up and in control of the game.

“Unfortunately, Tindle has had a recurrence of his ankle ligament just before half-time so we’ve had to rearrange at half-time when he’s had to come off.

"He is influential to us so that’s a loss and we’ve had to rejig things around for the second half.

“Then later Dean Evans receives a second yellow, so we’re down to 10 and they score from the resulting free kick, so it’s a double whammy.

“Tindle is our captain and our leader. Evans has been in great form. He’s picked up what I think is an unlucky second yellow and they are pivotal moments. You’re down to 10 and they score from the free kick. That set us back a bit.’’ Despite those losses and injuries to midfielder Alex Ferguson, striker Dave Pratt and on-loan Scott Twine, Collier conceded his side had not helped themselves either.

“We were up against it against a home team that have got on the front foot in the second half and we’ve conceded a couple of bad goals,’’ he said. “A couple of individual errors have cost us, by their own admission.

“Dan Bowman has made a poor decision that has cost us a goal and then for the final goal (goalkeeper) Jared Thompson needs to be doing better. He’s held his hands up to that one as well.

“It was a disappointing second half to say the least, but for 40 minutes we were good value and I could see us going on and scoring more goals.’’