Grantham Town went out of the only cup competition in which they remained at The Meres on Tuesday night.
The Gingerbreads were defeated by a single goal from Northern Premier Division rivals Stamford in the semi-final stage of the Lincolnshire Senior Shield.
It was a game liberally peppered with goal scoring opportunities for Town – none of which came to fruition.
Grantham’s joint manager Jimmy Albans said it was a result that could have gone the other way.
He said: “We had a very, very frustrating second 45 minutes. I thought we got to grips with the game after half time.
“To be fair to Stamford, they have took probably one of three chances. We had six or seven half-chances.
“On chances – we deserved to win the football match.”
The game gave Albans and co-boss Wayne Hallcro the opportunity to take a look at their new signings Richard Whyman and Kieran Walker. Walker went off at half time with a knee injury and was replaced by young Jack McGovern, who Albans said had had a great second half.
Albans said: “Kieran jarred his knee in a tackle in the first half. Hopefully he will be OK for Saturday.”
l Town take on league leaders Chorley at The Meres on Saturday. Kick-off is 3pm.