Lower Breck manager Gary Moore was pleased with the performance against Kendal Town despite only picking up a point.
The Breck embarked on one of the longest away trips in the North West Counties as they travelled to Cumbria.
They fell behind inside seven minutes after Joseph Dickinson opened the scoring for the hosts. Moore took a depleted side on the three-hour round trip with a mix of experience and youth as the likes of Max O’Connell and Henry Noon from their U18s were among the matchday squad.
A shoulder injury to Connor Rankin ended his afternoon prematurely but it was a different goalscorer as they had the 17-year-old O’Connell to thank.
It was a first senior goal for the midfielder and on another day, their pressure late on could’ve resulted in claiming three points.
Moore told Off The Park: “The most pleasing part is that the lads have followed instructions from start to finish. Listen, we can pick the bones out of goals, it was a poor goal to concede, getting pinched in our own half but a good goal from their point of view, on the front foot, but it was a good reaction, we could’ve buckled and we didn’t, they didn’t test Theo much after it.
“We looked good in the final third and in the second half we were good then we got the goal then it looked like one team going on to win it but the lack of composure at the final minute. We’ve got to take the positives because the lads have followed everything they’ve been told prior to the game.
“We’ve had them games a lot since the turn of the year where we look back and we should’ve won that, deserved to win certain games, you can say that but it’s facts,” he explained after applying pressure late on but failing to tuck away their chances. “Them games you lose are the worst because if you deserve to take something from the game, you want to take a point, that’s what you’ve got to take from Saturday you take a point.
“I’m not saying we deserved to win on Saturday but you couldn’t have denied us if we did. You have to take positives, it’s a tough place to go but we always say, there’s no easy games wherever you go.
“For what we had, we only had 12 or 13 available, we brought two young lads in again and great to see young Max scoring the equaliser for him.”
There is over a week of rest and preparation for the Breck as they take stock for their next outing which comes next Saturday against the North West Counties’ bottom boys, Ashton Athletic.
A team who have picked up form in recent weeks, including a 2-0 away win at promotion hopefuls AFC Liverpool.
“We’ve got a week off to get a couple of bodies patched up, we took another injury on Saturday with Connor Rankin.
“We’ve got to hope he’s going to be up there, he’s taking a lot for being the only number nine, it does give us a training session on Thursday, weekend off, another session next week then, we had four defenders out on Saturday, hopefully by that stage we should have back. We’ve got some irons in the fire, a new centre-half coming on and hopefully one or two more.
“We’re looking at the bigger picture now, we don’t want to bring in lads to fill holes, we’ve got lads it’s unfortunate with injuries but we’re trying to bring in a view with an eye on next year. Fingers crossed we’ll be full strength and the lads will hopefully get a result they deserve.”