Corinthian-Casuals manager James Bracken has urged his team to focus on the positives after witnessing his side draw 1-1 at home to Bishop's Stortford.

The Casuals took the lead in the 38th minute when Warren Mfula rounded off a good team to strike past the visitor's keeper, before Johnville Renee equalised from a controversial corner in first half stoppage-time.

The Casuals pressed in the second half but couldn't muster up a response, and arguably could have had a penalty for a handball on the hour mark, but the protests were waved away by the referee.

Despite seeing Bishop's Stordford down to 10 when Adam Bailey-Dennis was sent off in the 90th minute, the Tolworth-based side had to settle for a draw which means they drop to 18th in the table, just five points above the relegation place.

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Speaking after the game, James Bracken explained that despite being disappointed with some of the refereeing decisions, his side must now focus on the positives.

"We conceded just before half-time but the run of the decisions that went in to that was really disappointing for us, and to be honest, I don't think the referee had a good game," he said.

Bracken added: "We definitely should have had a penalty in the second half, that he didn't give us. My players never appeal for anything in bulk, ever, I tell them to and they don't. Every one of the 11 and my bench was all up, and its a penalty, no doubt. Funnily enough, we had one on Tuesday night that we didn't get and when we watched it back we could see that he had his hands above his head and blocks the shot. That's two in the last two games now, but when you aren't getting the rub of the green and your luck is not quite falling for you you don't get them, and we definitely haven't.

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"In terms of performance however, we are pleased with it. It wasn't perfect, but it was good enough to win a game of football today and get the second goal, we had a couple cleared off the line and a few we didn't quite get right, but I am pleased. That's one defeat in the last three now and that's certainly more positive form than the run of defeats we had before. We need to keep building and not accept that we are there now, because we're not. We need to do more again to get a few wins.

"We played a side that was not long ago in the conference south and we have given more than a good enough account for ourselves and unlucky no to win at a level we shouldn't be operating at. We have to take a sense of pride in that, but obviously points are better. We need to pick up 2 or 3/4 wins out of these last eight games to ensure we are where we deserve to be."

Next up for the Casuals is a trip to Tonbridge Angels, who sit in fourth. Bracken added that he wants his side to "build on the performance" he saw from his side on Saturday.

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