Broadbridge Heath boss Steve Painter took both positives and negatives from their derby defeat against near-neighbours Horsham on Tuesday.
The hotly-tipped Hornets secured their first win of Premier Division season at Gorings Mead in front of a bumper crowd of 335.
The Hornets ran out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Kieron Pamment, Mark Knee and Samir Hadi in the derby clash and first-ever competitive meeting between the two sides.
Heath, whose starting 11 included eight players who had progressed from their youth sides, failed to build on their comfortable opening-day victory on Saturday, but it could have been very different had they taken some of their guilt-edged chances.
Painter, however, admitted he was proud of his players and said: “We had our chances but to be fair they had a lot as well. They are a good side and any side who finishes above them has done really well and will have probably won the league.
“They have players that have played at a higher level. Our players looked a bit fazed which is unlike us.
“Where Horsham and where Broadbridge Heath are, we have made the level and now need to step up again as the attitude was really a bit naive as well.
“We have come up against a really good side though, who are probably in the wrong league, but it is a bench-mark we have got to live up to.
“I am proud of the players, they worked really hard. The whole club enjoyed the night and it was the right result, but I just wish we took some of our chances.”