Buckingham Town manager Chris Robson felt his side produced their “best performance of the season” despite losing 1-0 at home to Woodford United on Tuesday.
Although the Robins dominated much of the game, it was a 12th minute goal from James Weale that separated the sides as Town suffered their first league defeat since August.
Enoch Sare and Andy Cleere both came close before Weale’s superb finish put Woodford into the lead.
Further chances came and went for Buckingham as Tariq Kotey twice went close while Joel McCormick fired over before Daniel Delderfield was denied by a fine save from Joe Haynes.
It was much the same story after half-time with the home side creating several chances but Delderfield, McCormick, Sean Bishop and Cleere all squandered opportunities and Woodford somehow held out for the points.
Robson said afterwards: “Sometimes in football the result doesn’t tell the full story of a game, and although we have lost tonight, I couldn’t be more pleased with my players.
“That was probably our best performance of the season and how we have come away empty handed I do not know/
“Woodford played some great stuff in the first 10 minutes and deservedly took the lead but after that I have to give massive credit to my boys as they could have easily crumbled and just rolled over, but the goal seemed to wake us up after a slow start to the game and from then on we dominated.
“We played some brilliant stuff and if it wasn’t for their goalkeeper who was brilliant, or with better finishing, we would of got a very good win.”
The Robins are 13th in UCL Division One and entertain Oakham United this weekend.
Robson added: “We move on now and the players can take great pride and belief from Tuesday’s game. They have set the bar performance wise and if we can consistently play like that, we will comfortably achieve the goals we have set.
“We are looking so much more solid as a defensive unit which is pleasing and if we can just find our scoring touch again, which normally we are superb at, we will be very comfortable this season.”