MARK Collier was handed a cruel reminder of the ruthless nature of National League South after a late Chippenham Town collapse meant his side left St Albans empty-handed after a 2-0 defeat.

Chippenham were the better of the two teams throughout the game but failed to make the most of the momentum they had gained.

Striker Jake Jackson was unlucky not to score early on as his shot crashed against the crossbar as the first half ended 0-0.

Despite the positive display from his troops, they were struck down but a late penalty and a further late goal to inflict a frustrating defeat.

“It was another disappointing dressing room after the players followed the game plan to the letter,” said Collier.

“Other than finding the illusive goal, we hit the crossbar in the first minute through Jake Jackson and their keeper made two decent saves.

“We were the dominant team. It looked like it was going to end 0-0 but then we conceded a late penalty and it is all taken away from you.

“The players worked their socks off and we really did look like a good side. Sometimes its easier to take when you have played poorly and lost but on this occasion, we played well and lost.

“I harp on in the dressing room that performances will take care of the results themselves, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

“Although we aren’t in a great position in the league, morale is good, fitness is good and we are in good form, so we are positive about everything.”

Next Saturday's fixture sees Chippenham welcome fellow strugglers Concord Rangers to Hardenhuish Park, where Collier is confident of a result.

“Now we can look forward to taking on another team who are struggling, at home and in good spirit,” said Collier.

“It’s another big game. They are all big now and we back ourselves to beat anybody at home, so that is what we will try to do.

“Lots of little things are going against us at the moment and we have to remind ourselves that is all that is happening.

“If we keep on doing the right things, the tide will turn. I am more than confident that we will be alright.”