Kittrick: We weren't good enough today

Scarborough Athletic manager Steve Kittrick was disappointed that his side didn't take their chances in the 3-2 defeat to promotion rivals Bamber Bridge.

After Michael Coulson had broken the deadlock on 15 minutes, goals from Lewis Nightingale, Alistair Waddecar and Regan Linney powered Neil Reynold's side to the win, inflicting a first defeat of 2018 on the Seadogs.

"I thought we had enough chances to make it 3-0 in the first 20 minutes'" said the Boro boss after the game, "but we haven’t put our chances away and goals win you games."

"There’s still a long way to go, but we’ve been seeing something like that coming for a while. You’ve got to put your chances away. If you don’t do that, then you make it difficult for yourself."

Two first-half goals in four minutes swung the initiaive in favour of Bamber Bridge, with the Boro boss left feeling like the goals could have been prevented.

"Bamber have scored a great goal for the equaliser to get them back in it. I felt we could have been a bit stronger in one or two areas for the second goal; we should have won the 50/50 and then the third goal just killed off the game.

"We tried to change things around by going three at the back and putting Jimmy on to get some presence, but then we’ve had a few chances in the second half to get back into it."

The defeat sees Boro stay in 3rd place in the Evo-Stik North but closes the gap between the two sides to four points as the race for promotion enters its final stages.

"It just wasn’t our day today, there’s a long way to go. Bamber are a good side that will take points off teams and we’ve just said we can’t get our heads down, we’ve got to bounce back and go on a run again to get where we need to be."

"You’re not going to get it all your own way all of the time and it’s disappointing as I felt we had enough chances to win it, but today we weren’t good enough to put our chances away."

After an unbeaten run stretching 11 games in all competitions, the Athletic manager felt his side weren't at their best after a two week break, but challenged his squad to go on another run.

"Me and Humey have been talking and we haven’t really been at it but we’ve got to go again on Wednesday night against Thornaby. We missed Luke Dean in the middle of midfield and he's struggling to shake off the heel injury he's got at the moment.

"We looked a little bit disorganised for ten minutes in the second half and after we’d had opportunites and really put them under some pressure, they went down the other end and scored a third to kill the game off.

"We’d still take where we are at the moment though, we’ve just got to keep going and go on a run again."

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