NO ONE likes to lose, least of all me, and we are all smarting a bit.

It was a non-vintage performance in the first half but we had worked hard to get in front and scored at a good time.

Then we were caught with a sucker punch from the restart and for 15 minutes we could not string two passes together and were on the back foot.

Those 15 minutes changed the whole game because before and after, we were alright.

What was pleasing was the character to come back and give it a real go at the end and the fitness levels throughout the team were excellent.

Their first goal when Gascoyne was allowed to run at our defence was pure laziness on our part and Chris Thompson was brave enough to hold his hand up about the lad’s free header for their second goal. It was his area to cover.

These are issues that we will try to correct in training on Thursday.

Bishops Cleeve were well organised and have the type of three-man strike force that I would like.

Gascoyne gives you the strong running and pace on the right, Gaz (Gareth Hopkins) holds the ball up well and Kevin Slack is strong on the left side.

I feel I have two of those three elements but we lack a real left-sided threat. Griff (Scott Griffin) is available for the Hungerford game on Saturday after his suspension and following a quiet pre-season he is looking sharper in training as if he has suddenly switched on.

We are now doing some soul searching about the system to use as I want to be able to get all my best players on the pitch.

I know Hungerford put four past AFC Hayes away on Tuesday night but that does not tell the whole story. Hayes went down to ten men when conceding a penalty for the first goal and I am told they were pretty poor in any case.