Pickering Town caretaker boss Tony Hackworth was a proud man after his side pushed Scarborough Athletic close in Tuesday night’s North Riding FA Senior Cup clash.
The Pikes may have been edged out on penalties, but they pushed the hosts over the 90 minutes of football.
He said: “I’ve been proud of them since I took over as caretaker. We have shown great commitment, look fitter, sharper and we have made teams work.
“To be honest I though we deserved to win, we were really unlucky out there.
“I said to the boys that I couldn’t be prouder because we came here and did what we set out to do. We lost on penalties though, which is sometimes just how it goes.
“Ever since we started playing three up top we have created chances and I’ve left it up to them to score goals.
“We came in on the back of scoring 10 goals in two games, so we are full of confidence and I thought that showed in our game.
“We said at the start of the season that we should have a team that could compete at the top of the table, but for some reason or another it hasn’t happened.
“In this game we have matched Scarborough though, which says a lot.
Hackworth is as yet unsure whether he will be in the Pickering hot-seat on Saturday.
The NCEL Premier club have interviewed a handful of candidates to replace Mitch Cook and they will make the decision before the outing to Albion Sports.
He added: “If I’m still here it will be about getting the lads up for another big game on Saturday. They are going to be low, but they need to keep their heads up because they have showed that they can compete.
“It now becomes all about the three points against Albion on Saturday.”