WILLAND Rovers player-manager Scott Rogers had no complaints after watching his side lose 3-1 away to Odd Down on Saturday.
James Blake saw his penalty saved after 10 minutes, and the hosts capitalised with the opener not long after.
They doubled the advantage before half-time, only for Dean Stamp to halve the deficit.
But Odd Down restored their two-goal cushion two minutes from time to inflict a fourth league defeat of the season on an under-strength Rovers outfit.
“I have no complaints about the final result – they deserved to win and could have scored more than they did,” said Rogers.
“We were missing Lee Smythe and Luke Durham already, and we went down there with Steve Orchard, Jak Martin and Luke Alden all suffering from flu as well. That was three of our top players who were just not at the races.
“We did not play terribly – we were actually okay on the day – but they kept catching us on the break, particularly in the second half.
“We did bring it back to 2-1 and thought we had a chance, but they made it 3-1. They were three poor goals we conceded.”
Rogers was quick to absolve striker Blake of any blame for his failure to convert the early penalty.
“James Blake has been on fire for us this season so I can’t blame him,” said Rogers. “He is going through a quiet patch but he has scored a lot of goals for us.”
Up next for Rovers is a trip to Bridport in the second round of the Les Phillips Cup on Saturday.
They will be without experienced defender Simon Hill, who misses out due to a foot injury being worse than first thought.
However, they have been boosted in the form of a new signing.
Rogers explained: “We have re-signed Danny Jee. He has been travelling for the last couple of years. We do not expect him to slot in straight away but he is Willand through and through so that is a real bonus.”