HARRY PRITCHARD admits that Maidenhead United let their fans down by not winning the National League South title on Saturday.

Maidenhead suffered a 2-1 loss to title rivals Ebbsfleet United in front of a bumper crowd of 3,377 at York Road on Saturday.

Pritchard, 24, explained that The Magpies were not on their game last weekend, but he hopes the team will do their supporters proud at Margate this Saturday (3pm).

“I’m disappointed because we could have won the league, but we’ve just got to take it on the chin unfortunately,” the winger told the Observer.

“We didn’t play like we knew we could but we have just got to take it into Margate this Saturday where we know we’ve got to win.

“We were sloppy in the second half. We had a chat after the game and knew we were not on it in the second half.

“I don’t really know what went wrong but unfortunately we let in two goals and we could not score another.”

Pritchard continued: “I saw a little foul for their second goal but we’ve got to defend better for both of them. We’ve got to react to the second ball. 

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PHOTO: Captain Dave Winfield celebrates his winning goal in front of the Ebbsfleet supporters.

“The referee can’t see everything and these decisions go either way. If he had given a foul we might have gone on to win the league, so it’s one of those. But we can’t blame the referee for that. We’ve got to perform better and see out the game.

“We have bounced back from a defeat before so I think we can again, but we’ve got to look at ourselves in training and go again on Saturday. We will regroup.”

He added: “The support was amazing and the crowds for the whole season have been incredible. For 3,000 to come out again on Saturday was just brilliant, but we let them down a little bit by not winning.

“But we go again at Margate and hopefully we can do the fans proud and go back to Maidenhead with the title.”