WAYNE Goodison said he had no complaints with the way 1874 Northwich performed in the top-of-the-table 2-1 loss at Longridge Town.

1874 were only undone by an unfortunate goal conceded three minutes before full time.

"It was two really good sides," said the man who co-manages 1874 with Paul Bowyer.

"They're probably the best side we've played this season and they've said the same about us.

"We knew that it would be a good game and it was.

"We're disappointed to lose, obviously, but we're not disappointed with how we played.

"For us, it was a step up in level to what we've done all season."

Sam Hare’s 23rd-minute goal gave 1874 an half-time cushion but Paul Turner (52mins) and Jon-Jo Morris (86) sealed all three points for the hosts.

Both sides created further chances in an entertaining game of football ‘played on the floor’.

"In the first half we were the better side and in the second half they probably shaded it, but both teams had chances and it was a really good game," said Goodison.

"We probably created at least half-a-dozen good chances that we've been unfortunate not to take, with the keeper making a couple of good saves.

"If we weren't making chances, that's more of a concern but we scored nine on Saturday, one against Longridge and could have scored another two or three.

"They could have scored another couple in fairness, so we're not critical of that area.

"Unfortunately, right at the death we were a little bit unlucky for their goal.

"We played a ball forward, it ricocheted and it gets in behind us, but that happens."