Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson felt his side were unlucky not to claim a point against Heanor on Saturday.
The visitors won 2-1, thanks to an 88th minute winner, not long after Town had got themselves on level terms with a goal from Craig Hogg.
Allanson said: ““We were very proud of the players on Saturday and the performance they put in against a very experienced, bigger and more physical team than ours.
“I think our average age was around 22 but, apart from the first 20-25 minutes where we were a little bit cautious and maybe gave them a little bit too much respect, but we didn’t want another Basford game on our hands, I thought we were the better side and a draw would have been a very fair result for us.
“It was heartbreaking for the players to concede the second goal so late after the effort they had put in.
“Hopefully, the players will learn from this and their game management will improve as it isn’t the first time this season where we have been caught on the counter attack from our own corners and the opposition have scored.
“We are missing a cutting edge and a ruthlessness in the last third of the pitch and we are missing a presence up front where the ball will be held up and we can combine and break teams down. Defensively we look quite organised and are difficult to break down but offensively we are missing creativity.
“This was only our second defeat in the league, but we have drawn seven games. If we had won four of these, which we feel we should have done, this would have given us an extra 8 points and we would be in the top six, but football is about fine margins and we need to start putting some wins on the board and moving up the table.
“We have assembled a good squad and the players will all get the opportunity to show what they have to offer through the season, our advantage is that the players are young, fit and quick and we will improve as the season progresses, but this needs to be sooner rather than later.”