Eastbourne Borough manager Tommy Widdrington refused to be too downbeat following their disappointing loss at Truro.
Borough’s 600-mile round trek to the west of England ended with a 1-0 defeat and also with two players sent-off.
Lewis Carey received his marching orders on 40 minutes as he brought down Truro striker Issac Vassell in the box.
Borough argued that the striker was moving away from goal and that there may have been a covering defender but referee Mr Plane pulled a red card from his pocket.
Dutch midfielder Bouwe Bosma, who made his first team starting debut in central midfield, took over in goal but his first duty was to pick the ball from the net from Shane White’s successful spot kick.
Borough were 1-0 down, playing with 10-men in awful conditions on a dreadful pitch. They remained positive and almost gained a point when a fierce Jack Evans freekick rattled the woodwork. But a bad day became worse a few minutes from the end when Craig Stone was dismissed for a second yellow.
Widdrington said, “I can’t be too down about it, it was only our first defeat in five matches. I’m convinced with a full quota of players we would have gone on to win that match.
“The pitch was certainly a leveller, Truro are obviously used to playing on it. It was difficult, especially with 10-men for the majority of the match. But the important thing for me was that despite everything, the lads never once gave up and for the width (Jack Evans’ freekick) of a crossbar we would have got ourselves a point.
“I did however feel for Bouwe. He was making his first start and was playing extremely well in central midfield and then he ends up in goal. Not ideal especially as his parents went all the way to Truro to watch the match.”