BRACKNELL Town player-manager Carl Davies admitted it was a “horrible feeling” after suffering his first league defeat since being appointed at the end of February, writes Dave Wright.

His Robins went down 3-2 at Uxbridge last Saturday after conceding three goals in the first hour of their Bostik League South Central encounter.

“You can’t concede three goals away from home and expect to win, although we still had the chances to do so,” he said.

“We were sloppy all over in the first half.

“One thing we always get from the team is 100 per cent effort, but if I am honest and the players are honest with themselves, that did not always appear the case for the first 25 to 30 minutes.

“We went 2-0 down before we really turned up, which was annoying. But in the second half you could not argue with the desire and effort from the players. We kept knocking on their door.

“Joe (Grant) missed a great chance and they (Uxbridge) went straight down the other end to score, so instead of being 2-1 behind it was 3-0.”

Davies continued: “We were unlucky at times. We hit the post twice and should have had a penalty. But as I said before, you cannot expect to concede three goals and win.

“In just one game we have doubled our goals against in the league, which again is disappointing.”

For the second game running, Davies left himself on the bench, but will now return to the starting line-up as left-back Ryan Parsons limped off with a hamstring injury early in Saturday’s game.

“It doesn’t look good for him,” commented the player-manager. “My initial thoughts are he could be out for around six weeks which is a big blow as he is Mr Reliable.”

The loss at mid-table Uxbridge was the Robins’ first in a league game since going down 1-0 at Highworth in December.

Speaking to the News after the game, Davies said: “I was hoping we could go a whole year unbeaten. Losing for the first time since we have been in charge was a horrible feeling and one I don’t want to get used to.

“It’s important we get back to winning ways this week.”

Bracknell host Bognor Regis Town in their FA Trophy first qualifying round tie at Larges Lane on Saturday (3pm).

Premier Division side Rocks also suffered their first Bostik League defeat last week, losing 4-2 at home to Folkestone Invicta, but they remain unbeaten on their travels.

Dan Lincoln, the Finchampstead and Berkshire cricketer, will be playing in goal for the Sussex side. If a replay in not required, Bracknell will host Reading Under 23s in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup next Tuesday evening (7.30pm).