CALNE Town midfielder Dan Lardner says the Lilywhites were unlucky not to take anything from their game at Hallen.

An 80th-minute strike from Tom Collett gave second-placed Hallen a narrow 1-0 win in Saturday’s Toolstation League Premier Division fixture.

Both teams created chances in the first half. James Lye cracked a strike over the bar and Lardner might have done better with at least one of his two opportunities.

Tom Collett misfired twice at the other end for the home side, who were playing an attacking 3-4-3 formation.

After the interval the woodwork was hit by both Danny Weston and Hallen’s Jason Reynolds, and it seemed as if the game was heading for a stalemate. But with only 10 minutes to play Collett ran onto a pass in behind the defence, and steered the ball over stopper Jason Grubb and into the net.

Lardner said: “It could have gone either way, both teams had chances, unfortunately they took theirs.

“They are a very hard side to break down, they are very organised and good defensively.

“We probably had more chances but we’d have been happy with a 0-0.

“We looked a lot better defensively. I don’t think they would have complained if we’d got a draw out of it.”