An under-the-weather Chris Plummer felt Corby Town were left somewhat hard done by as their hopes of escaping the drop in Blue Square Bet North took another hit.
A heroic effort by groundsman Ian Hopewell and his team ensured the game went ahead despite parts of the Steel Park pitch being under water just a couple of hours before kick-off following the heavy rain on Saturday morning.
But the Steelmen failed to take advantage as two second-half goals earned Harrogate Town a 2-0 win as they maintained their chase for a play-off place.
Third-from-bottom Colwyn Bay also lost 3-1 at home to Altrincham, meaning the gap between them and the Steelmen remains at four points with the Welsh team still having two games in hand.
Plummer, who has been struck by the virus that has plagued the Corby squad in recent weeks, sprung a surprise with defender Paul Malone starting as a striker alongside Joseph N’Guessan.
And the Corby boss felt his team deserved more for their overall efforts, particularly in the first half when they just about edged the contest.
The Steelmen boss said: “We looked at the pitch before the game and it looked very heavy. The groundstaff did well to get it on in all honesty and we picked the team accordingly.
“We knew it would be a battle and that the ball would be in the air a lot and I am sure a few would have been surprised that we started with Paul Malone up front.
“They were a physical team and it was a battle for Paul but he won a lot of headers and I thought our system was working.
“It was a very even first half and either side could have nicked it and gone in at half-time in front.
“Their first goal was a good move from their point of view but there are things we could do to prevent it. But, apart from their two goals, I felt there wasn’t a great deal in the game.
“They are up there in the league and have had some great results of late. We knew it was going to be tough. We haven’t taken anything but the performance wasn’t bad again. We created chances and didn’t take them.
“Overall, did they deserve it? Yes they did because they have scored two goals. But on another day, we could have won it and no-one could have complained.”
Plummer, meanwhile, believes things seem to be going against his team at the moment - particularly when it comes to refereeing decisions.
He added: “You can do all the screaming you want and I almost got sent-off for it myself the other week.
“It seems to be the further down the league we get, the less decisions we seem to get.
“There was one in the first half when one lad has gone through the back of Paul Malone and we got nothing for it. And it happened to them, to a lesser extent, in the second half and they got a free-kick.
“The rub of the green with the decisions seem to be going against us at the minute. We do talk to the referees about these things but they don’t seem to be going for us.”
The Steelmen are back in action on Wednesday night when they take on Solihull Moors at Steel Park.