Angry boss Gavin Cowan summed up AFC Telford’s 3-1 defeat to Chester, admitting: “They wanted it more than us.”
Cowan’s team went into the fixture seemingly on the right path after what the manager described as a see-saw start to the season, undefeated in their last three matches.
Chester, with just one defeat in 10 before Saturday, put the Bucks firmly in their place, Akwasi Asante scoring a hat-trick.
Cowan said: “I don’t like losing, but certainly not in the manner in which we lost.
“I don’t want to stand here and say we were competitive, because I don’t think we really were for a big course of the game.
“We lacked that desire, and it pains me to say it but Chester wanted it more than us. They had more energy, were first to every ball, and we just didn’t have that.”