ISTEAD: “We are gutted for the lads as we genuinely think we deserved more!”

Handsworth Parramore’s four game winning run came to an end thanks to a late Yorkshire Amateur penalty which was converted by Ash Flynn and proved the difference between the two sides in a hard fought contest, writes Ian Robinson.

The Ambers’ Joint Interim Manager Steve Istead broke his recent self imposed social media silence to share his thoughts on the game, but firstly spoke about the re-building job being undertaken by himself and Jon Froggatt with the backing of the Handsworth Chairman and Board. “We knew it might take a bit of time to get the personnel we wanted in but we’ve made a start and all the new faces are fitting in nicely alongside the existing lads. There’s a great buzz around the place and I feel the mentality has shifted a bit which is what we wanted. We’ve had a great December winning four and keeping three clean sheets following our hammering at Bottesford!”

Back on to yesterday’s game against the league leaders, Steve thought that The Ambers were unlucky not to come away with a share of the spoils.

“We came here knowing how dangerous a team they are. They have some good players and try to play football which we respected. We more than matched them in the first half and had the better chances, their keeper producing a couple of top drawer saves! In the second half they stretched us more and a naive backpass cost us, letting Flynn sneak in to win the penalty.

“We are gutted for the lads as we genuinely think we deserved more. However they are a good outfit who took their chance and we just have to keep believing in what we are building and kick on to next Saturday.”

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