Moors bowed out of the National League Academy Cup following a 5-4 penalty shootout defeat to Grimsby Town on Wednesday afternoon.
Mike Fowler’s side twice came from behind, with Leo Wood at the double and equalising to make it 2-2 seven minutes into stoppage time with the final kick of the game.
Zion Nisbett was heavily involved in both goals as a sensational turn, which took out three players, provided the assist for the first leveller.
The Mariners regained their lead from the penalty spot before Wood converted his own penalty after Nisbett had been taken out by the opposition goalkeeper.
However, the visitors were unnerved from 12 yards and found the back of the net with all five spot kicks to progress from the second-round tie.
After the game, Fowler said: “We are naturally disappointed with the result, but the performance wasn’t quite there and, on reflection, a share of the spoils was fair – the lottery of penalties then decided the game.
“I thought we were slow to get into our stride and there were uncharacteristic individual errors early in the game, a lack of quality in the final third didn’t allow us to be as effective as we can be.
“I felt we were a bit more like ourselves in the second half and in the attacking third, Zion Nisbett in particular caused them a lot of problems and was heavily involved in getting us back level.
“It certainly wasn’t our best performance against tough opposition, but we will be better for it.
“I have to give credit to the lads for the character they showed in the game – going behind twice and managing to get back level with a great goal from Leo Wood.
“We fought right until the end to get back in it and gave ourselves a chance – in a league game you’d be delighted with a point gained.
“But, because of it being the cup and the lottery of penalties, we couldn’t control the final outcome and we don’t blame anyone.”