FC CLACTON skipper Wayne Chapman insists his club are on the "right path" - despite the disappointment of another defeat at the Rush Green Bowl.

The Seasiders lost 3-1 at home to Haverhill Rovers, in the Thurlow Nunn League premier division on Saturday.

It was their fifth defeat in ten matches so far but followed an encouraging Bank Holiday programme, during which they drew at Godmanchester Rovers before beating Hadleigh United.

Chapman scored against Hadleigh and netted with an excellent far-post volley at the Bowl on Saturday.

And he insists that despite not having as many points on the board as he would like, his club are heading in the right direction.

"I really thought my goal was going to be a turning point for us on Saturday," said Chapman.

"I thought we were going to nick something.

"Haverhill are a very good team.

"I'm certain they'll finish in the top four but we pushed them hard and were much better in the second half.

"Overall, it was so disappointing but I still believe we're heading in the right direction.

"Everything will come together.

"I feel frustrated that we haven't got more points for our efforts because we're so close to being a very good team.

"But we're on the right path and a better side than we were last year."

Clacton are back in premier division action tonight, when they visit Ipswich Wanderers.

The Suffolk club are 18th but notched their first victory of the season on Saturday, when they came from behind to beat Wivenhoe Town 2-1.

"We've got to go again tonight," added Chapman.

"That's somewhere I believe we'll go and pick up points.

"We've just got to stick together."

Meanwhile, Chapman says it means "everything" to him to play for and skipper his home-town club.

He was appointed captain in the summer, following Kevin Coyle's switch to Bostik League premier division neighbours Brightlingsea Regent.

"I love the club and always have done," said Chapman.

"It means everything to me, which is why I put so much into it.

"It's why I play football and I try to set a good example, as captain.

"I'm chipping with a few goals now as well and try and get the boys going."