CHRIS Moyses admitted the last-gasp midweek defeat for Lincoln Moorlands Railway felt like "my stomach had been ripped out."
A see-sea game at Newark Road saw Moorlands fall 1-0 behind, take a 2-1 lead, concede twice more and then equalise before Scarborough Athletic's Joel Hartley grabbed a heartbreaking winner with almost the last kick of the match.
The result left Moorlands 10th in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, ahead of tomorrow's trip to Armthorpe Welfare.
But for Moyses, who made a seven-day approach for an as-yet-unnamed player this week, said he could draw enough positives to almost make up for the loss.
"Scarborough were a completely different side to the one we played on the opening day of the season," said Moyses, whose team drew 2-2 on that occasion.
"They were strong and well-organised but all credit to my lads who kept fighting back.
"To concede so late, though, was like having my stomach ripped out – it was soul-destroying.
"The players put their hearts and souls into the game and should have come away with a draw. I can't fault them, they were very good."
Former Lincoln City striker Nathan Adams made his debut on Wednesday, lasting 70 minutes before being substituted.
His performance drew praise from the Moors boss.
"I thought he did very well, looked busy and worked hard," said Moyses, who has let midfielder Jon Machin re-join Sleaford Town on loan.
"We have a lot of people in competition for those slots up front and I always say that competition is healthy.
"Nathan did everything I asked of him and I was happy with his contribution."
Tomorrow's game pits Moorlands against a side two places and two points above them in the NCEL Premier Division table.
And Moyses is anticipating a tough test against the Doncaster side.
"There'll certainly be no quarter asked nor given," he said.
"They've done pretty well recently, although they lost 2-1 at Brighouse Town on Tuesday."
Moorlands will be boosted by the return to fitness of club captain Ben Good after he missed Saturday's goalless home draw against Brighouse with a wisdom tooth problem.
"I'm delighted to have Ben back," said Moyses.
"He's a big presence to have in the dressing room, an excellent captain, and having played 20 minutes against Scarborough on Tuesday I expect him to be fully fit for us against Armthorpe tomorrow."