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Ashford United assistant manager Tommy Osborne says Nuts & Bolts must move on from second-half collapse against Lancing

Ashford United are keen to move on from their second-half collapse against Lancing.

The Nuts & Bolts led 3-1 at the break on Saturday but lost 4-3 after conceding a last-minute winner.

Ashford United assistant manager Tommy Osborne. Picture: Ian Scammell
Ashford United assistant manager Tommy Osborne. Picture: Ian Scammell

Defeat saw them drop to eighth in Isthmian South East and they’re looking to bounce back at Broadbridge Heath on Saturday (3pm).

“It’s very disappointing but it’s happened now and we can’t dwell on it,” said assistant manager Tommy Osborne.

“It’s the same when you have a really good win - you can’t dwell on that either.

“If you have a bad loss, at some point you have to say it’s happened and we need to move on.

“We need to try and put Saturday’s result behind us and see if we can get on a little run again.”

Vance Bola scored either side of Tom Carlse as Ashford took charge against Lancing.

But they lost their way in the second half, much to Osborne’s surprise.

“We did so many things right in the first half,” said Osborne.

“It wasn’t our mentality to sit on the lead - that certainly wasn’t spoken about at half-time - but it looked like we played with an element of fear in the second half.

“First half, we looked confident on the ball and were very aggressive when we went forward but that wasn’t the case in the second half.

“It’s a tough one to take because we’d got ourselves into such a good position.

“When that momentum swings it’s difficult to get it back.

“We’ve all been there as players and managers when you have a two-goal lead and then the opposition score and the momentum swings.

“It’s not easy to get it back, whether that’s by making changes from the sidelines or experienced players on the pitch stepping up, and we found that difficult on Saturday.

“When it went to 3-2 they were on the front foot and at 3-3 they were probably strong favourites to get something out of it.

“It’s very disappointing because there were so many pluses in that first half, on and off the ball.”

Anthony Edgar was the only player to miss training on Tuesday night, while a bout of illness in the camp leading up to the Lancing game has cleared.

Ashford visit Horndean in a rearranged game on Tuesday (7.45pm).

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