Cottesmore AFC are beaten by Thurnby Rangers in their Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division clash
Cottesmore manager Rich Giblin felt his side didn't get the rewards that their efforts deserved in Tuesday night's away defeat at Thurnby Rangers.
The Westray Park side went down to a 3-2 away reversal to suffer their second successive Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division defeat following the two-goal loss at Hathern over the weekend.
Giblin thought his side had been 'hard done by' in the build-up to Thurnby's second goal just before half-time when the referee tried to play advantage following a foul on the visitors with Cottesmore defending a home attack.
They were forced to concede a corner which Thurnby then scored from to take a 2-1 interval lead after Harry Stannard's early strike had been cancelled out.
Cottesmore levelled after the break through Stannard's second goal of the game before Thurnby snatched a winner after being reduced to 10 men.
Giblin said: "We started really brightly and probably took them a little bit by surprise because we didn't go there to defend. We set up to take the game to them as best as we could.
"Their second goal was the turning point in the game though. It was an obvious foul on our player and, if you're still trying to play out of your final third, then there's no advantage whatsoever.
"We wanted the free-kick, lost possession and it's gone out for a corner which they have then scored from.
"I do feel that we have been really hard done by so it was very frustrating to come away from the game with nothing. We have worked really hard against a team that is expected to be the title favourites.
"We have to take the positives from it even if it's so frustrating that we didn't get at least a point from it which would have been a fair result.
"We are getting no luck at the moment though and their second goal was probably a demonstration of that."
Cottesmore had taken just two minutes to break the deadlock when Danny Barker burst down the left before squaring the ball to Stannard to apply a calm finish.
Thurnby grew stronger as the half wore and equalised 10 minutes before half-time through a stone-wall penalty following a foul by Harry Sabberton.
Danny Seals then went close to restoring Cottesmore's lead as he broke free of the home defence and rounded the keeper only to be thwarted by a fine last-ditch recovery save from the custodian.
Thurnby then took the lead just two minutes ahead of half-time through the controversial second goal which saw Seals sin-binned for his protests.
Sabberton was then hauled down when clean through on goal 10 minutes into the second half which saw a home player red-carded.
And Stannard smashed home another fine finish to bring Cottesmore level as he took a touch away from goal before spinning round and shooting into the bottom corner.
But Thurnby again rallied and Cottesmore goalkeeper Alex Brown made a couple of fine saves before the hosts hit an 82nd minute winner.
Cottesmore defender Shaun Denigan was down with a serious knee injury which saw the visitors lose their focus and Thurnby pounced to score the winner to leave the Rutland side to return home pointless despite an excellent display.
Giblin added: "The performance was night and day compared to Saturday and we will be fine this season. I've got no worries on that because we have played two of the strongest teams in the league.
"There's still a long, long way to go and with that heart, battle and desire which we showed on Tuesday then we'll be absolutely fine.
"We will pull some results through because we are adaptable and we've got some good players who can kick-start our season."
Cottesmore are without a game on Saturday and will return to league action on Saturday, August 28, with a trip to Ellistown.
Cottesmore: Brown, Denigan (Wood), L Smith, Ridout, McJannet (T Smith), McDonald, Sabberton, Seals (Caldicott), Milne (Atkins), Barker (Fontoura), Stannard.