Petersfield Town pushed Chalfont St Peter all the way but went down to a 2-1 defeat at the Evostik Southern League Central Division high-flyers.
Alex Przespolewski pulled a goal back for the Rams after they conceded twice in the opening half-hour but the visitors couldn’t find an equaliser, despite creating a number of decent opportunities.
Despite the loss, Rams boss Ian Saunders felt his team could take a lot of positives from the game.
Saunders said: ‘We were disappointed to come away empty-handed.
‘For the opening 20 minutes we looked very bright and then they hit us with a sucker-punch goal from a ball over the top.
‘That knocked the wind out of our sails and they scored another soon afterwards.
‘Then we relaxed a bit, started to play our football and got a goal back.
‘I thought then that we could go on and win the game.
‘In the second half we had lots of chances but couldn’t put them away.
‘It is a tough result for us to take but we can still take a lot of positives from it.’
It was against the run of play when a defensive error allowed the home side to get their noses in front.
The hosts doubled their advantage on the half-hour before Przespolewski produced a bit of magic in the opposition penalty area to get a goal back.
‘The ball was rolled into Prezs and somehow he got round his defender and rolled the ball past the goalkeeper,’ said Saunders.
‘The way we are playing shows that we have come to terms with life in this league and are more than capable of holding our own.
‘It is fine margins and we have to become more ruthless in both penalty areas.
‘If you make a mistake in this league you get punished.
‘We have to be more than just a team known for its good football.’
It’s just six points from their opening six games at this level, which leaves Petersfield in 18th place in the table.
But Saunders has seen enough from his players to remain upbeat about their chances this term.
He said: ‘I am convinced we will get there because there are lots of good players in our squad.
‘We just need to start putting a few more points on the board thats all.
‘There is certainly no need to start pressing the panic button yet.’
The Rams have a week to prepare for their big FA Cup tie against Premier Division Weymouth next Saturday.