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Herne Bay boss Sam Denly rues missed chances and red card in 1-0 home defeat by Cray Wanderers

"Another good performance but the wrong result" was Herne Bay boss Sam Denly's assessment of the 1-0 home Ryman League Division 1 South defeat by Cray Wanderers.

Former Chatham striker Luke Medley settled the contest seconds after the restart with Denly left ruing misses chances and the second half dismissal of Kane Phillip.

He saw red after two yellow cards in the space of four minutes.

Sam Denly Picture: Tony Flashman
Sam Denly Picture: Tony Flashman

Denly said: "It was a moment of madness by Kane and he let me down.

"It wasn't a bad tackle, but he had only just been booked, and I was all ready to send Adam Woolcott onto replace him when it happened."

He added: " It was another good performance against a top-seven side - and a game we shouldn't have lost, and sums up our season.

"We had a couple of good chances in the first half, Kane had one, then Michael Turner slipped when inside the box, and I don't think Jack Delo had a save to make.

"We go in at 0-0 at half-time, only to come out and concede a goal after around 30 seconds.

"We got caught under the ball, Jack makes a great save, but they scored from the follow-up."

The defeat, Bay's third in a row at Winch's Field, leaves them 17th in the table.

Bay host leaders Tooting on Saturday (3pm).

Denly said: "It will be another tough game, because they are flying at the moment.

"The big guns are chasing each other at the top, and they should be, because they are the ones with money, and there's a lot of it around in our league at the moment."

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