Bedlington Terriers manager Gary Innes was left bitterly disappointed after his side concede an own-goal in the final seconds in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Marske United.
Innes, who was managing in his first home game in charge of the team, said he could not fault the players after a complete display against title-chasing Marske.
He said: “The performance and the effort today was fantastic, we knew the second half we were going to have our backs against the wall.
“It is hard to take, however, all credit to the lads, each and everyone of them, I couldn’t fault them at all.
“I think we performed very well, first half I thought we could have scored one, but the second half we were astonishing. “
Although they did not get the three points, Innes believes his side can take the draw as a positive going into the forthcoming fixtures against Newton Aycliffe and Sunderland RCA.
He added: “Last week we got beat because of a goalkeeping error and this week we didn’t get the three points because of an own-goal, but you have to take the rough with the smooth.
“Everyone put their hearts on their sleeves today.
“The lads have to take that as a massive positive today, and if it wasn’t for an own-goal we would have got the three points. “