WREXHAM'S on-loan striker Sam Williams admitted that the club's League Two promotion hopes had taken a jolt after the Dragons conceded a two-goal lead to draw at Mansfield Town on Saturday.
The Aston Villa teenager, who who crowned another hard-working display by setting up colleague Matt Derbyshire for the second goal at Field Mill, admitted he thought a third successive victory was in the bag.
"We're all really disappointed and it felt like a loss rather than a draw," he said. "We were 2-0 up and cruising and the way we played in our last two games I thought we'd go on from there.
"When you have that sort of lead it's important that in the next 10 minutes you keep things solid at the back, but we weren't able to do that and the penalty killed us.
"Mansfield went on from there and we were a bit lucky to hold on in the end.
"If we'd won again today we'd have been looking at the table and thinking about automatic promotion, so it's just disappointing all round. Now we have to make sure we kick on and get another home win on Saturday."
Racecourse manager Denis Smith said he was delighted by the performance from Williams and is expecting further dividends from the partnership with two-goal Derbyshire, on loan from Blackburn Rovers.
"Matt took his goals well and Sam has had a super game," he said.. "He was probably the better of the two today but we are trying to build them as a pair and sometimes we were a bit too direct.
"Once we get the ball down and pass it we'll see more from Matt, who looked a bit tired. He's not used to playing two 90 minutes in a week because he's been coming on for a few minutes here and there and getting the odd reserve game.
"Now he's going to have to play two games a week and that's going to have a big effect on him and Sam.
"Considering the makeup of the side and how young it is, you have to accept we're not always going to be brilliant, but I've got another goalscorer, which is pleasing and hopefully I'll get a few more players fit between now and the end of the season."
But the Dragons boss admitted that his players had thrown away a match-winning opportunity when Danny Williams conceded a penalty within a minute of going 2-0 up.
"The penalty has changed the game," he added. "The lad wasn't going anywhere because he was going to run it out of play, but once they got that they got the crowd going.
"If we'd held it at 2-0 for another five minutes the game is over. So it's disappointing to get into that situation, considering how well we've been closing games down, and to throw it away.
"We've got lads who looked a bit tired from midweek and there's a lot of youngsters out there but once you're at 2-0 I don't expect us to throw those two goals away.
"They brought on a little bit of pace but pace is easy to handle if you use your brains.
"Up to that point, I couldn't see them scoring and we looked comfortable. But I've said my piece in the dressing room and hopefully the players will learn from it."