Deeping Rangers manager Michael Goode was pleased with the performance despite a disappointing opening-day league defeat.
They were beaten by Sleaford Town defender David Hone’s 25-yard free-kick at Eslaforde Park on Wednesday night.
Goode said: “I was happy apart from the first five minutes when it took us time to settle and adjust.
“It was a totally different kettle of fish to what we faced on Saturday at Ely City in the FA Cup.
“Sleaford play for set-pieces and they are very direct but that style has been successful.
“After the start, we dominated and created a couple of opportunities.
They upset our rhythm a little bit but we had five decent chances and we didn’t score.Michael Goode
“It was a soft free-kick to concede considering they must have given away 40 fouls but fair play for how he bent it into the top corner.
“We responded well and played good stuff but we needed to finish off one of those chances.
“Scott Mooney should have scored and if we had made it 1-1 then we could have got on top.
“We looked robust and we still had quality. They got men behind the ball and dropped back but I’ve got no complaints as it was effective for them.
“They upset our rhythm a little bit but we had five decent chances and we didn’t score.
“It’s never great to lose the first league game, although we can take a lot of heart from being determined.
“We competed physically and still played our type of football.
“We’re disappointed as we would have taken a point and we’ve come away with nothing.”
Meanwhile, Deeping are hopeful that Dan Schiavi will get international clearance following a spell in America to make his debut in the first home game of the season against Sileby Rangers on Saturday.