Horsham player-manager Gary Charman said he can have no arguments about the result as they exited the Sussex Senior Cup last night.
The Hornets went down 2-0 to Worthing in the second round thanks to a goal in each half from Brannon O’Neill and Tariq Richards.
The home side were walking wounded and missing seven first team players, with a number forced to deputise in unfamiliar roles after limited football so far this season.
Charman said: “On a heavy pitch, there were so many players that haven’t played 90 minutes, that they were out on their feet.
“For 60 or 70 minutes until the second goal went in - which was completely against the run of play - I thought we came out in the second half and were completely bossing the game without creating a lot.
“They were camped in and against the run of play, they have caught us and it deflated us a little bit, let’s be honest and in the last ten to 15 minutes was quite comfortable for them.
“The right team won, the better team won on the day and I wish they all the very best. I hope they go on and win it and then at least we can say we went out to the champions.
“At the same time, for me now this is over, we are out of the Sussex Senior, which is a big cup for me obviously being a Sussex boy, but it’s onwards and upwards and we go on to Saturday.”
Full reaction and preview to Saturday’s FA Trophy tie at Barkingside in tomorrow’s paper.