Bridlington Sports Club had to endure ‘one of those days’ as they went down 1-0 to Chalk Lane in the Humber Premier League.
Adam Wilberforce’s smart finish midway through the first half proved decisive at Dukes Park, and the visitors defended resiliently for the rest of the match.
Manager Gary Simm felt defeat was harsh on his team, who are still facing a relegation battle.
He said: “We played quite well, but just struggled for a cutting edge in the final third.
“Chalk Lane scored with their only shot on target, and they only managed a couple of other efforts which went over the bar in the second half.
“But it was just one of those days.”
Simm was without captain Danny Bemrose and strikers Ash Robinson and Mike Tate.
“Our major problem is not being able to select the same 16 each week,” he said.
“If we have our best 16, we are a match for any team in this league.
“But I don’t think I have been able to choose the same back four yet.
“The squad is good and I couldn’t fault the effort against Chalk Lane.
“The heads never dropped but the ball just wouldn’t bounce for us.
“Chalk Lane are in the top five for a reason.
“They defended very well and their keeper was really good.”
Sixth-placed Reckitts are this weekend’s visitors to Dukes Park.
Simm is wary of the threat posed by a striker he knows well, Scarborough-based Jamie Bradshaw, who has netted seven times in the league this season.
“I hope we get the rub of the green this week,” said Simm.
“The only game which has disappointed me was the 4-0 dfeeat at Crown.
“We were terrible that day but this week, we matched Chalk Lane in every department, but just couldn’t score.”
Sports Club lie in 13th in the Premier Division table with 21 points from 21 games.
After the Reckitts game, their next league match is a six-pointer later this month against Goole United, who are only one point and one place behind them.