Scarborough Athletic had one of those nights at Queensgate on Tuesday, as they lost out by a single goal against Evo-Stik North leaders Brighouse.
Despite creating enough chances to tip the game firmly in their favour, Boro set off home with no points in the bag.
A solitary header from Brighouse striker Leon Osbourne sealed the win in the first half. They only managed one more true opportunity in the full 90 minutes of football.
This was a game that started at 100mph, with the two old foes trading a number of early blows.
Brighouse had two early sniffs, as former Boro man Steve Mallory had a free-kick comfortably saved by Jordan Porter. Then Dan Illingworth got onto the end of a corner, but he couldn't direct an effort anywhere near the goal.
Boro's first opening came just after the half-hour when Carl Stewart arched his neck to angle a header just past the Brighouse post.
The visitors took the lead just seconds later.
Some poor defending allowed the diminutive Luke Parkin to win a header in the box. He angled it into the path of Osbourne, who nodded past a stranded Porter.
Osbourne almost doubled this advantage seconds later, as a shell-shocked Boro were caught out on the left. The striker beat Porter in a foot race to the ball, but his lofted attempt was scooped off the line by Jameel Ible.
Play continued to pinball from one end to the other, and with five minutes of the half remaining, Boro came so close to restoring parity.
A corner fell to Ellis Humble on the edge of the six-yard box, his low shot was somehow hacked off the line. It then dropped at the feet of Ible, but against Brighouse survived by the skin of their teeth.
Buoyed by this late pressure, Boro looked a different side when the second 45 minutes began.
Benny Igiehon had two great chances within seconds of each other, as the hosts began to force the issue.
The big frontman set out on a charging run down the right, but sadly his finish didn't match his approach play.
Igiehon then rose beautifully in the box, but his flick from a Dave Merris cross sailed over the bar.
After a lull in the proceedings due to a flurry of substitutes, Boro launched a late quest for goals.
Adam Bolder stabbed just wide of the target after some neat footwork, then Boro threw on new boy Jordan Harrison for his debut.
It was Harrison who nearly departed a hero, but his well-struck drive was somehow tipped to safety by Tom Taylor in the Brighouse goal.
Stewart the shuddered the Brighouse bar, before another fine stop from Taylor denied Ible and also made sure Boro finished empty handed.