Buckingham Town manager Neil Griffiths praised his side’s spirit despite their 4-1 loss at high-flying Eyensbury Rovers on Tuesday evening.
The team second in UCL Division One raced into a 3-0 lead before the Robins pulled one back but a stunning strike put the game out of reach.
Griffiths said: “Once again we come away from the game thinking what could have been despite a pretty convincing scoreline that doesn’t tell the full story.
“We have made mistakes for three of the four goals that gave Eyensbury a lift at key times.
“However, the performance around these blips has been good. We went in 3-0 down at half time and I worried that it could be five or six but once again we didn’t give up and really rallied.
“We scored early on and could have easily got the next goal which would have made a very interesting finale. However, a 40-yard wonder strike killed us and gave the scoreline that unfair feel.
“We showed the desire to turn a game that should have been dead and buried into one that we had a real chance of getting something from, the players deserve a lot of credit for this.”
Buckingham now have a break from action with their next match not until Saturday, March 16, when they travel to Thrapston Town.
Griffiths added: “We have to keep focused and believing, we are trying to build a side under tough circumstances.
“We have games regularly which doesn’t allow us to train. Every week we feel like we are playing a top four side.
“There is no denying I would loved to have had more points on the board but I am also not wavered in what I want to build and that isn’t just a quick fix but something with longevity.
“We’ve had a tough induction and many of the lads I’ve brought in were without clubs and have needed time to adjust to the level we are at.
“I had a side that finished fourth in this league at Olney, that was a strong side but this side has more to it, we cannot ever give up on our aims.
“We now have a break and then play some teams around us which will give us a better reflection of where we are and we will certainly be hoping to show what we have to offer.
“It will be an opportunity to pull away from the bottom and closer to mid-table.”