IT WAS very disappointing that Lee Fowler decided to move on after just one game.

Last Friday, he told me he had a tummy bug and later that it would rule him out of the Gosport match.

An hour later, he texted me to say that he could be going to Halesowen or Nuneaton, who are both challenging towards the top in the Southern Premier.

Sure enough, when our secretary got to the club on Saturday morning, a ‘seven-day notice" had arrived for Lee from Halesowen.

It goes without saying that I don’t want restless players, so I waived the seven days and let him go.

I knew he would have been off at the end of the campaign, but he gave me every reason to think he would be with us for the run-in.

As for the Gosport game, we were undone by two mistakes and two soft goals, one from the penalty spot and the other when we failed to defend a free kick properly.

They never opened us up and we actually had more efforts on goal than them – though I am not saying we ever looked like winning.

We were leggy and when you are chasing the game, it all gets much harder. Conceding the second goal bang on half-time did not help, either.

In the second half, we went 4-2-4 and gave it a real go. With Griff and Jason Welsh up top, we had the wind in our sails and had them hanging on.

Hosky was having his second very good game in a row and if we had scored in that 15-minute spell, I think we might have got two.

But the injury to Griff which reduced us to ten men changed the course of the game. It was a nasty, nasty challenge, coming right through him from behind. I am never one to call for any player to be sent off, but that was a very dangerous tackle.

Talking to Griff on Sunday, the injury did not look quite as bad. He is still very sore and has a lot of swelling, so we will assess it on Thursday.

I feel so sorry for Griff because he has been remarkably unlucky this year. He’s had a torrid time and this puts the tin lid on it.

We move on to the Andover match on Tuesday night and I am going to freshen things up by changing three of the back four.

The three-game-a week schedule is very hard physically and mentally and I am aware we have a massive game against league leaders Windsor at the weekend.