A FRUSTRATING late Chard Town goal restricted Westbury United to just a point in their latest Toolstation First Division fixture.

Dan Kovacs struck on 24 minutes for Westbury before Chard hit a late equaliser courtesy of Max Westlake.

Westlake’s effort denied Westbury the chance to stretch their lead at the top of the division to two points, and manager Neil Kirkpatrick admitted Saturday’s result felt like a loss.

He said: “A series of mistakes led to the goal.

“It did feel like a defeat in the end.

“But Chard are a decent side and have proved that with their results of late. They’ve got a few strong areas they play well in.

“Ultimately we managed the game well until the final minutes when we let the goal in.”

Despite his frustration, Kirkpatrick’s men are only one point adrift of new league leaders Keynsham Town.

Kirkpatrick added: “The title race is still on.

“Our game against Welton this weekend isn’t looking likely given the weather, but we will still approach it as we have done with every other game.

“The lads have managed to get in the gym and complete a strong session in there.

“It’s tricky otherwise. We couldn’t locate a five-a-side hall to use so we’ve had to do what we can.”

Kirkpatrick is also looking at dipping into the transfer market to boost the depth of squad.

“Games are coming in thick and fast,” he said.

He said: “It’s a case of adding strength to our squad and ensuring there’s competition for team places.”

“Injuries and suspensions happen so the extra body will help. Other teams around us have done the same so it’s the right thing to do.”

Elsewhere, Corsham Town slipped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Bishop Sutton as Reece John’s second-half strike secured the points.

There was also no joy for Warminster Town, who went down by the same score on the road against Almondsbury.

Alex Bisp was on target for the hosts in the first half.