Ken Charlery laments missed opportunities as London Colney fall to derby defeat against Colney Heath

London Colney manager Ken Charlery.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

London Colney manager Ken Charlery. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

London Colney’s troubles in front of goal cost them in the derby against Colney Heath says manager Ken Charlery.

They ended up losing 2-0 at Cotlandswick but had three glorious chances just after half-time.

Unfortunately Loren Maxwell, Chris Griffin and Dominic Morgillo were all denied by Magpies’ goalkeeper Steve Cunningham.

And Charlery said that was typical of their recent outings.

He said: “It was one of them wasn’t it?

“Loren’s had the shot which the keeper has saved, possibly fortunately, and then a few minutes later Chris has a shot which the keeper saves and Dominic has to score but doesn’t.

“And then they go down the other end and get a fortunate free-kick in my view but they score, and we let them get across us.

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“So in hindsight we didn’t take our chances and they did. And that’s what it boils down to.

“You can say whatever you want, like we had the better chances, or the more clear-cut chances, or the early chances, but we “didn’t take them and they did.

“They’re competing well so they are doing all that right, ok the service isn’t the best, but it’s the end product and if you don’t have that you are always going to struggle.

“We’re missing silly chances and that inconsistency is why we are where we are.”

The former Barnet and Birmingham striker knows a thing or two about dry spells despite a prolific career but says the only way to snap such a streak sometimes is a bit of luck.

“You just need one,” he said. “You keep doing what you are doing and once one goes in the rest will follow.

“Sometimes you try can try too hard, stay late after training, and they say that training will make it better.

“But sometimes when you train it all looks good, and come Saturday you can’t hit a barn door.”