Whitehawk boss Steve King had mixed emotions after watching his side earn a point at Hampton & Richmond Borough on Saturday.
The point is a welcome addition to the Hawks’ tally for the season, which closes the gap to Bognor Regis Town to just three points.
And whilst King would have taken a draw beforehand, the manner in which the equaliser came was frustrating for the Hawks boss.
“I think in the end we are disappointed not to have won the game after conceding the goal in the way we did,” said King after the game.
“A draw was a fair result, with clear cut chances few and far between for both sides.
“I was disappointed with the last twenty minutes when the final ball let us down but that says how far we have come, and we have to keep going.
“I said to the players we don’t lose the game. If we had better passes in the final third then we could have had chances to score that second goal but we thoroughly deserved to take something from the game.
“Would I have taken a point before the game? Yes, of course. On paper it was second against bottom of the table, but we have proved that we are not a bottom side.
“We are where we are and we will do our best to get ourselves out of the situation we’re in.”
Dan Wilks was caught out by a Josh Casey corner and took the ball over his own line to cancel out Elliot Benyon’s first half strike for the Hawks. Charlie Wassmer saw red for the hosts in the second half, but the Hawks couldn’t make their numerical advantage count.
The Hawks found themselves in dangerous positions going forward in the last few minutes, but the final ball was missing in a game of few chances for either side.
Bath City are the next opponents for King’s resurgent side, and he knows that it will be a tough test.
“Bath will be another hard game,” added the Hawks boss.
“They have beaten Hampton and then Braintree in their last two games so we will go there as underdogs.
“Like Hampton, they are another side who like to get the ball long and be physical. We can only go there and do our best as we look to get ourselves out of the position we are in.”