Proud Andy Scott refused to be downbeat despite his Aldershot Town side suffering last-gasp heartache in front of the nation at the Silverlake Stadium on Thursday night (August 14).
The Shots enjoyed by far the better of an otherwise dour Hampshire derby, which was broadcast live on BT Sport.
But, just when they had looked to have earned themselves a precious point substitute Ben Wright popped up unmarked to fire home from a corner four minutes into stoppage time to earn the league's big spenders an undeserved victory.
Despite the cruel nature of defeat, however, boss Scott remained proud of his side's efforts and insists there is much room for encouragement ahead of Sunday's trip to AFC Telford.
"It's hard to swallow, yes, but that's football," Scott said. "We're disappointed to concede from a set-piece like that having defended so well all night and being the better side.
"But these things happen and we've got to deal with it. We've got to take the positives and it was a fantastic performance, we played very well. We created a number of opportunities but maybe that quality in the final third was lacking a bit.
"But against a side who have spent so much and expected to be on top of the pile at the end of the season, we ave a ood account of ourselves and there is plenty to be pleased about.
Last season's top scorer Brett Williams forced home keeper Ross Flitney into the best two saves from the match with shots from distance, while Josh Scott fired an effort just wide of the far post late on.
Eastleigh, for all their attacking riches, failed to really test Shots keeper Phil Smith all night until deep into injury-time when Mike Green's corner from the left evaded everyone and substitute Wright arrived unmarked at the far post to volley home.
ALDERSHOT: Smith; Gibbs, Oastler, Wilson, Barker; Molesley (Hatton 74), Lathrope, Forbes, Roberts (N'Guessan 90); Williams (Fitchett 89), Scott. Subs: Tonkin, Thomas.
Attendance: 1,914 (594)