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Hamilton: We're still the best

PUBLISHED: 13:23 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 21:46 02 July 2010

DEFIANT: Richard Hamilton.

DEFIANT: Richard Hamilton.

DOWNBEAT Old Loughtonians manager Richard Hamilton believes his side are still the best in the division, despite a heartbreaking final day. The Chigwell club conceded a goal in the final moment at Oxted on Sunday, which denied them the win and allowed Can

DOWNBEAT Old Loughtonians manager Richard Hamilton believes his side are still the best in the division, despite a heartbreaking final day.

The Chigwell club conceded a goal in the final moment at Oxted on Sunday, which denied them the win and allowed Canterbury to take top spot, despite their 5-3 defeat at Holcombe.

"If you look at Canterbury's statistics, they lost more games than us, conceded more goals than us and didn't score as many," said the boss.

"But, ultimately, they go into the playoffs for the Premiership and that's what hurts.

"Maybe I'm naïve about it, but I still think we're the best team in the league. But we didn't deliver and Canterbury did, despite losing on the last game.

"Over the season, ultimately, we probably weren't quite good enough, despite me thinking we're the best team in the league.

"We fell short and we have to look at why we fell short, but that's a difficult question to answer right now."

Hamilton says the club will now take a break from the sport, before coming back more determined than ever to return to the top flight.

"We'll certainly take some time out now, probably a few weeks away from each other to get away from the misery of it," he said.

"We don't really want to see each other too much at the moment, but we'll meet in a month or so, see what we need to do to strengthen the squad, look at ourselves as a management team, assess how we take pre-season forward and we'll go again at it.

"It's still a little raw and I'm trying not to think about hockey at the moment.


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