STORRINGTON Football Club were knocked out of the Sussex Senior Cup at home to Conference South side Whitehawk on Tuesday evening.
The visitors scored three times in each half but Swans boss Nigel Dyer felt his side matched their opponents for long periods of the game.
He said: “For a lot of the game, we coped with what they had to offer.
“But it is always going to be a struggle against players with the quality that they have.
“We were punished for errors that we would not usually be punished for and that is why they are in Conference South.
“Some of their players have played in the Football League, so it was always going to be tricky.
“In Division 2, we are not usually punished for every mistake that we make but in this game we were.
“But that is what you face against players with the ability and know-how that they have.
“I think we were unlucky not to score as Jay Norris hit a post and I felt that we deserved to get that goal.
“It was a really good evening for the lads, though, to say they have played against a side with the quality that they have.
“We were beaten by a much better side but I was pleased with the effort from my side.”
Whitehawk went into the half-time interval three goals to the good thanks to strikes from Ahmed Abdulla, Sam Deering and Sam Gargan.
The visitors then netted three times in the second half to book their place in the third round.
STORRINGTON: Elliott; Bester, Jarvie, Pickford, Setchell; Shoebridge, Rhodie, Harris-Hardy, Norris; Garrod, Warner. Subs: Matthews, Hogdon, Gibbons.