Worcester City manager Carl Heeley says he is "ecstatic", despite their FA Cup penalty shootout defeat by Scunthorpe United on Wednesday.
"It feels like a cruel game at the moment but I'm actually ecstatic," Heeley told BBC Hereford & Worcester.
"I'm proud of all the players and the staff. There is no shame in what this football club has done in this run."
In the replay at Aggborough, Worcester came from a goal behind to force the tie into extra-time and penalties, where third-tier Scunthorpe prevailed.
"We wanted to have no regrets and give a good account of ourselves," Heeley continued. "We have done that and more.
"What a great night's entertainment. It was a classic, end-to-end cup tie. I'm delighted for everybody involved."
Worcester chairman Anthony Hampson added: "We've got a club to be very proud of.
"We could have sold this game out three times over. You can see the fan base.
"It was a tremendous effort. It was a sad way to go out. I think the guys gave everything."
|Worcester City's FA Cup run|
|Second qualifying round (27 September)||City 3 (Geddes 2, Rowe) Rugby 1||Attendance: 570 Prize money: £4,500|
|Third qualifying round (11 October)||Leamington 1 City 1 (Wright)||Attendance: 755|
|Third qualifying round replay (14 October)||City 2 (Deeney, Jackman) Leamington 0||Attendance: 598 Prize money: £7,500|
|Fourth qualifying round (26 October)||City 2 (Deeney, Nti) Greenwich Borough 1||Attendance: 896 Prize money: £12,500|
|First round (9 November)||Coventry City 1 City 2 (Geddes 2)||Attendance: 8,439 Prize money: £18,000|
|Second round (7 December)||Scunthorpe United 1 City 1 (Nti)||Attendance: 5,606|
|Second round replay (17 December)||City 1 (Geddes) Scunthorpe United 1 (aet, Scunthorpe win 14-13 on pens)||Attendance: 4,339|