Broadbridge Heath manager Steve Painter has said his side is growing in confidence again after a torrid run.
Injuries have hampered the Bears over the last month, but they were boosted by the return of goalkeeper James Fisher and captain Danny Mobsby on Saturday.
Heath did go down 1-0 away at East Preston as home debutant Sean Loft’s 18th-minute goal from a free kick was enough to separate the two sides.
The visitors felt there wasn’t even a foul in the build-up to the goal, while then spurned numerous chances through Jake Legrange and Jack McNab to level and were also denied a penalty after a handball.
Painter, however, believes things are starting to look up as his injury-crippled side are thinking positively.
He said: “Things are a lot more positive and we just need that first draw or win as a spring board.
“We have got too much quality in the squad injuries aside, to be struggling.
“Confidence has been growing and the lads were much more positive after Saturday. We were just lacking the all-important three points which we should have won without a doubt.
“We were much the better side, but if you don’t put the ball in the net, you don’t win.”
Heath: Fisher, Sultan, Howard, Carruthers, Bevan, Mobsby (Waddington 60), McDermott, Moore, Bhujun, Holmes (Wanstall 60), Legrange.