Paul Dowridge had mixed emotions after West Cheshire League Division One rivals Blacon Youth Club and Upton AA battled out a 2-2 draw on Monday.
Luke Finch and Chris Coughlin put Upton in command at the break but Blacon drew level through Kevin Garland and Robbie Joinson.
Dowridge, joint-manager with Jamie Rodgers, reckons his side could have snatched the win.
“Upton could have been three up in the first half but we could have scored four or five in the second,” said Dowridge, who manages the side with Jamie Rogers.
“It was good to get a point because we were 2-0 down, and we’ve have took that at half-time, but maybe we could have gone on and won it.”
Dowridge had special praise for defender Joinson, who was this week appointed club captain, after his fourth goal of the season.
“I think Robbie is the one of the top scorers in the league from centre half,” said Dowridge.
“We made him club captain before the game in place of me because I’m getting too old now.”
Blacon host Southport Trinity on Saturday (3pm) and Dowridge feels his side can secure a third win of the season.
“I don’t know a lot about them but I think we can get the win if we can get a good start,” he said.
“We had a few missing in the week but we’ll be close to full strength on Saturday.”
Upton boss Todd Reid was pleased with the performance against Blacon but felt it was two points dropped.
He said: “We threw it away to be honest and should have put the game to bed in the first 35 minutes.
“We hit the post twice, hit the crossbar and we were brilliant in the first 45 minutes but 2-0 is always a dodgy score.
“Blacon came out in the second half after a rollocking, got the next goal, got their heads up and caused us some problems.
“We’re improving all the time and getting stronger and I can’t ask for much more than what we did in the first half on Monday.”
Upton make the trip to Ashville on Saturday (3pm) and Reid hopes to have Adam Thelwell-Wilson, Simon Mapletoft and Adam Bedford back.
He said: “It’s our first away trip and we should be getting close to match fitness now so I’m expecting a good performance.
“I’m being patient at the moment and we just need to keep on doing what we are doing.”
Chester Nomads head to West Kirby on Saturday (3pm) looking to put a 1-0 defeat at Southport Trinity behind them.
Helsby, who travel to Hale on Saturday (3pm), lost 2-1 at home to leaders Cammell Laird 1907 at the weekend despite a Tom Ward goal.
In Division Three, Chester Nomads Reserves had Kai Stockton on target but lost 4-1 at home to Belfry.
Upton AA Reserves, who won 2-1 at Capenhurst Villa last night, won 3-0 at Marshalls Reserves thanks to Chris Ashcroft, Andy Henry and Dale Higham.
Both are in Chester & District FA Challenge Cup action this weekend.