Stamford AFC draw with Northern Premier League Midlands Division leaders Ilkeston Town
Manager Graham Drury was left with mixed emotions after Stamford shared the spoils in a goalless draw with league leaders Ilkeston Town on Saturday.
The Daniels boss was proud of the performance of his players in front of a crowd of 1,661 at the New Manor Ground.
However, he was also left frustrated that Stamford were unable to turn their dominance into goals after an inspired display from home custodian Ross Durrant.
Drury said: "We played really well but Ross Durrant has had a superb game in the sticks and you have to give them a lot of credit as well because they've put their bodies on the line and got lots of blocks in.
"We went there with a real determination about us and I don't think they could work out the system which we played.
"I was really proud of the way that the players performed but it was also frustrating that the ball just wouldn't go in for us and I think we will play a lot worse than that this season and win games 5-0."
Stamford handed a first start of the season to Joe Burgess who came in for the suspended Mike Armstrong while Sean Wright replaced the unavailable Stacey Freeman.
Ex-Daniels player Ollie Brown-Hill was in the Ilkeston starting line-up and he created an early opening for Alex Troke who fired wide while Jack Duffy sent a header past the post at the other end.
Rob Morgan headed another good opportunity wide for the Daniels before Jake Duffy was denied by Durrant with Kieran Fenton and Billy Bennett making crucial blocks to keep out the follow up.
Morgan then fired in another shot after a driving run that Durrant was equal to before Stamford were awarded a penalty five minutes ahead of the half-time break.
Tendai Chitiza was felled by Joe Maguire in the box but Durrant produced another top-drawer stop to keep out Harry Vince's spot kick and ensure the opening period finished goalless.
Ilkeston offered more of an attacking threat after the break as they changed their system with Zak Goodson seeing a shot deflected wide while Remaye Campbell had a header saved by Dan Haystead in the Stamford goal.
Haystead then produced a fine stop from Adam Chapman before Stamford scrambled clear from a Maguire header as the honours finished even in what was Stamford's fifth draw of the season.
Boss Drury added: "On our day, I don't think many would argue that we're the best side in the league but we have to be consistent.
"Sides that win league titles or get promotions are consistent which is the key for any side.
"All our draws have been frustrating because we have been in the lead in three of five of those games and we have dropped six points from those positions which would make it really interesting in the league table.
"It's not to be though and we know what we've got to do and the players understand the situation.
"You can't foresee keepers like at Shepshed and Ilkeston playing like they have done with two worldie games against us.
"It's is unfortunate for us but you've got to give them a lot of credit because no-one will lay down and die just because you're playing well and creating chances."
Drury was also full of praise for the performances of Burgess, Morgan, Haystead and Wright who are all working their way back to full fitness after spells on the sidelines.
He commented: "All four of them haven't played a lot of football recently but they have come into such a big game and performed like they did.
"All credit to them because they have worked hard on their fitness and really put a shift in for us."
Stamford: Haystead, Burgess (Hakeem 83), Bartle, Vince, Wright, Blunden, Chitiza, Jake Duffy, Jack Duffy, Morgan (Butterworth 71), Matwasa (Johnson 74), Subs not used: Goncalves, Frew.