GOALKEEPER Martin Horsell says that his Hereford team-mates were 'wounded' by the last gasp goal conceded against Chorley.

The Bulls defence had stood firm against a lively attack which had scored eight goals in four games before Saturday's meeting.

"It was a frustrating day conceding the goal in extra-time and the boys are wounded," said Horsell following the 1-0 defeat.

"I'm personally wounded and it's a tough one to swallow. The lads feel solid back there and I'm comfortable back there so it's frustrating to concede so late.

"I'm there to make saves and keep the ball out of the net but couldn't do it in almost the last kick of the game.

"I'm happy with the saves and I'm feeling good in that sense and training hard as well."

The 31-year-old goalkeeper joined the Bulls during their opening Midlands League Premier Division campaign from Yate Town.

He says that the standards of striker has risen again in the National League North but feels that the young Bulls defender are equal to the task.

"I'm more than comfortable with the boys at the back and they're holding their own in a strong and physical league," Horsell added.

"The strikers are clever and that little bit more sharper. I personally think they move better and they disjoint the back four and we've just got to learn how to cope with it and they're more savvy with the referees.

"We are more than capable with the team that we've got as you can see from the results as well.

"Unfortunately not today but I think we're holding our own."

Horsell was the first choice goalkeeper for most of last season making 37 league appearances before losing his place to Will Puddy in the final two months of the season.

This season he will be fighting for the number one shirt with new signing Joslain Mayebi

"It was frustrating to lose my place but the main objective as always was to bounce back and fight for that shirt back," added Horsell.

"It's pleasing this year to start with the shirt and now it's all about holding it. He (Joslain) has trained twice and is a very experienced goalkeeper so we are competing with each other and that's the way it should be.

"I'm used to having two goalkeepers at any team that I've been at so it only does push you and makes you better."