Many would say that was the case on Saturday as Scarborough Athletic's improvement continued at Evo-Stik North leaders Warrington Town.
The frustrating conclusion was that Boro headed off back down the M62 having suffered a 1-0 defeat and with no points in the bag.
Warrington took their one big chance though, exhibiting why they lead the way in the table and Boro are stuttering at the bottom end.
But this won't be the case for Boro if they can continue to perform at that level, as the fight, solidity and quality was certainly there.
The cause was helped by the fact that Steve Kittrick can now field every senior player at his disposal, apart from the suspended Steve Mallory.
Kittrick's men were always going to be under the cosh in the first period, as a gusting snow-laden wind whistled down the park towards Nick Draper's goal.
They coped admirably, weathering the storm and then launching raids of their own.
Tom Corner got too much on a header and it darted wide, then Robson saw a dipping drive from the edge of the box pushed away by the palm of Karl Wills.
These opportunities sandwiched possibly the best chance of the half, which fell to Warrington striker Ben Deegan. The burly frontman was favourite to score when the ball was presented to him three yards from goal, but somehow his flicked header comfortably cleared the bar.
Buoyed by surviving the wind-assisted onslaught, Boro set their own sails and pressed the leaders back into their own half.
Robson, playing on the right of midfield, tried his luck with a delightful angled lob from distance, but Wills plucked it out of the air.
The impressive Dean Lisles then got onto the end of a Nathan Peat free-kick, but he couldn't divert it goalwards.
That was followed by another great opening, when Robson swung a tasty ball into the six-yard box, but Corner's toe fell agonisingly short of converting.
Football has a way of kicking you in the backside though, and that's what happened while Boro were in full flight.
A combination of the award of a soft free-kick on the edge of the box, the lack of compactness in the wall, a slight misjudgement by keeper Draper and the precision of James McCarten's strike, led to Warrington snapping up the victory and the points.
Despite this hefty blow, Boro still had some fight as Corner's flick-header from a Peat free-kick once again tested the dexterity of Wills. The keeper passed this examination and Warrington clung on for a win that pushes them ever closer to the title.
In contrast, Boro may still be down, but this display showed that they are definitely not out.