Pinchbeck United joint manager Gary Coomes was proud of his team despite a 4-0 premier division defeat at home to Uppingham Town on Saturday.
High-flying Town dominated play in the first half but could not beat home stopper Dawson, who was helped by some resolute defending.
With four reserve players called up to fill the holes left by injuries and unavailability, it was always going to be a tough ask for United but it remained goalless at the break.
Slack marking allowed the smallest player on the pitch to head home early in the second half and five minutes later it was two when a free kick snuck inside the near post.
From then on it was all Pinchbeck, but they had little to show for their efforts as Town scored twice more on the break.
Coomes said: “I could not ask any more from our players today. They all gave everything they had.
“I am proud of the effort put in and I hope that they continue that effort throughout the rest of the season.”
Pinchbeck: Dawson, Elderkin, Chilvers, Dickinson, Gardner, Boekestyn, Haslam, Harrison, Harker, Wheeler, Butler. Sub (not used): Mahon.
Moulton Harrox climbed up to fourth place in the premier division with the 6-1 home thrashing of Whittlesey Blue Star.
Martin Sandall hit a hat-trick for Harrox, with Benjamin Allen getting two and Joe Townshend also on target.
Crowland Town are in 11th place after a 5-3 home defeat against third placed Whittlesey United. Luke Elsom, Nathan Ginty and Chris Thomas were on the scoresheet for Town.
Deeping Rangers Reserves went down 3-1 at Riverside, with their solitary goal coming from Liam Buttery.