Deeping Rangers boss Tuncay Korkmaz had nothing but positives for his young side, despite seeing them give away a three-goal lead against Wellingborough Town on Saturday.
The Turkish tactician only had 13 fit players to call on, with five of them new to the UCL Premier Division.
But Korkmaz said: “I thought we were comfortable enough to win the game, even at 3-2.
“But they scored a goal, their tails were up and then they got two penalties.
“Whether they were penalties or not, we can’t do much about them even if the lads said they were probably the cheapest penalties they’ve ever seen.”
Substitutes on Saturday Jamie Graham and Tom Palmer should figure in Tuesday night’s Lincolnshire Senior Trophy clash with Holbeach United.
The Tigers ran out 4-0 winners when the two sides met in the league in August and Korkmaz doesn’t dispute his side’s status as underdogs tonight.
But Korkmaz warned: “We want to win every single game and some of the football we played on Saturday clearly shows that confidence is high.
“Holbeach are doing well and everybody’s expectations will be that they are favourites.
“We’ve got a small squad but we’ll be giving our all.”