It was so near yet so far for the Buxton Hitmen in a 49-41 defeat by the Isle of Wight Warriors in the Travel Plus National League on Sunday.
The Hitmen were left to rue several falls and engine failures while in points scoring positions.
The top four all scored well with Max Clegg topping the scoring chart with 12 points, skipper Tom Woolley 10+2, Connor Coles 9+1 and Ben Wilson seven, while the visitors relied heavily on Ben Morley 14, Alfie Bowtell 13+1 and Danno Verge who scored nine points.
Team manager Joshua Moss was upbeat after the meeting, despite going into it high hopes for a victory.
“I’m going to be honest this is the first meeting I’ve actually come to thinking that we have a chance to actually pick up some points,” he said.
“But you have to give the Isle of Wight credit they have two really good what are effectively two number one’s who have only dropped a couple of points and in the case of Alfie Bowtell were only beaten by Max Clegg around here this afternoon.
“Today showed we have shown what we can do when we have a strong team out.
“Overall though there are a lot of positives to take from today, we’ve been in a meeting and we have not disgraced ourselves and we perhaps are being to hard on ourselves because we feel it is a meeting we could have won but that is the way it goes in sport.
“We’ve had no luck all year and today Sam Woolley has had a couple of bike issues and had to go out on his brother Tom’s, but the bikes are not set-up the same.
“We threw away points in heat two and 12 and you just have to take it on the chin and deal with it and another day hopefully soon we will get some points we don’t deserve and may possibly scrape a win.”