SWIFTS manager Jody Brown saw signs they were rediscovering their best form after dominating a single-goal defeat to a strong Sudbury side.
The only goal of the game came in the third minute when Ollie Peters crossed for former Brightlingsea striker Phil Kelly – who scored a late midweek winner against Maldon – to head down and inside the post.
Swifts missed three good chances in the second half and Juan Luque and Harrison Chatting both had efforts cleared off the line.
But ultimately it was another frustrating afternoon for a Swifts side still looking to rediscover their early season form in Bostik North.
Brown said: “I felt we played pretty well and could see signs that we’ll soon be back to our best.
“Our rotation in possession in the second half was excellent and our attacks were relentless.
“We created some good opportunities and dominated possession.
“Although that may not seem important to some, it is to us – it’s part of our process and is a good barometer of how we are playing.
“Too many people only see the result but when times are hard, and you’ve faced setbacks, you need to climb step by step – and the first step is getting your performances right.
“We had shots cleared off line and their keeper made some excellent saves.
“We were often camped in their third of the pitch and our keeper hasn’t made one save.
“They’re a good team, with an experienced manager and they started the game well and got the reward.
“We just need to worry about playing our way, making good decisions, and believing in the process and our objectives.
“But I am seeing the right attitude and the signs which lead me to sense things are about to turn for the better again.”