SHOREHAM Football Club manager Kane Louis was full of praise for his side after they drew 1-1 away to Chichester on Saturday.
The point sealed Mussels’ place in Division 1 for next season, owing to their superior goal difference over third-from-bottom Ringmer.
Louis said: “We played really well and could have won the game. We had a few chances in the second half but couldn’t capitalise on them.
“We had a lot of possession and, on another day, it might have been a game we’d have won.
“However, everyone put in a good shift on a tough, bobbly pitch, so there were lots of positives for us to take.
“We got a good win at Newhaven in our previous away game and this is another point away from home.
“We’re away again on Saturday, to Loxwood, so we’ll look to get something there as well.
“This is a season for us to build on next year. We’ve played well on occasions this year and have beaten some of the top sides but we’ve also lost to some of the teams at the bottom.
“We’ll look to push on up towards mid-table or the top ten next season and look to reach a cup final as well.”
Clear chances were few and far between in the first half, although Mussels went close when Dejaun Best challenged the Chi keeper and, as the ball dropped, he was unable to scissor kick the ball home from an angle.
Chichester went ahead on 20 minutes when they broke down the left and the ball was played back to Kieran Hartley, who fired into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.
Mussels levelled on the hour when Alex Laing raced on to keeper Nic Taylor’s long kick forward and pulled the ball back for George Rudwick to score.
Shoreham had the best chance to get a winner as Kai Bichard flicked the ball on to release Addlight Magwidi one-on-one but he shot just wide.
SHOREHAM: Taylor; Gregory, Allan, Fleming, Stevens; Laing, Rudwick, Bozyigit, Myers; Bichard, Best. Subs: Magwidi (Best 35), Laughlin (Rudwick 80), Measor.