Lewes manager Darren Freeman was in upbeat mood despite their narrow 2-1 FA Trophy replay defeat at Hampton and Richmond on Tuesday night.
Lewes battled to a 0-0 draw last Saturday against their high flying opponents to earn their midweek replay.
But despite playing well and creating numerous chances, it was the hosts, who are second in the Ryman Premier, that advanced to the next round.
Speaking after the match, Freeman said: “I’m a little bit disappointed, obviously we feel the lads have given 110 per cent.
“The first 15 minutes we got the ball down and played some great football. We have had chances today, four or five real good chances, not half chances, but we just made the wrong decisions.
“Little decisions made the difference between winning and losing. But you will get no grumbles from me.
“We lost but for me it’s how you lose and I was happy with the performance today.
“It’s no excuse but we have five or six players out. You look at our bench today and it’s full of 17 year old and 18-year-old boys.
“If we continue building on performances like that then it looks very promising.
“If we had an out and out goalscorer it would be different but we are nearly there and we just have to keep on going.”
Tomorrow (Saturday) Lewes, who could certainly do with the three points, travel to Harrow Borough.
Harrow are 12th in the league but have won just once in their last seven matches.
Dulwich Hamlet lead the way at the top of the table on 36 points from their 19 matches, two ahead of second placed Hampton.
VCD Athletic are planted to the bottom on six points with Lewes second bottom on seven. Needham Market are third from bottom on nine points and have played a game less than Lewes.