On-loan midfielder Ryan Lloyd was 'gutted' after Chester FC returned from Cheltenham Town empty-handed.

Lloyd made his second start since his switch from Port Vale as the Blues lost 3-1 to the National League pacesetters but feels the result was not a true reflection of the contest.

Chester wasted chances to take the lead when the game was goalless and at 1-1, and were aggrieved not be awarded a penalty before the Robins went 2-1 ahead.

Cheltenham got a third late on when the visitors were chasing an equaliser and Lloyd, 21, reckons the final scoreline was harsh.

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He said: "We were gutted to be honest. The lads put a shift in and I thought we deserved something out of the game.

"We had a couple of chances just before Cheltenham got their second that we should have scored from and then they've gone up the other end and scored.

"Then we were pushing to get back in the game and they've gone and got another one. The conditions were horrible and we're gutted to be honest.

"Cheltenham are a good team but we've got good players here at Chester and it's about whether we can consistently perform and I think we showed that we can give any team a good run."

Ryan Lloyd's initial loan deal with Chester runs until December 27
Ryan Lloyd's initial loan deal with Chester runs until December 27

Lloyd, from Biddulph in Staffordshire, moved to the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium before the emergency loan window closed last month.

The left-footer will be with the Blues until December 27 at least and has been cleared to feature in the FA Trophy this weekend.

Chester will head to AFC Telford United looking to end a run of five games without a win and Lloyd thinks a good result will help them kick on in the league.

"We need to get a little bit of confidence from this game," he said.

"We need to go there and put in a good performance and get a result and then hopefully we can keep progressing and get to where want to be."