Redruth skipper Craig Bonds refused to blame Brett Rule's late penalty miss for the 14-13 loss to National Two South leaders Henley.
Matt Payne's try gave the visitors a 5-3 half time lead and stretched it to 8-3 before Chris Fuca scored for Redruth.
James Comben drove over to give Henley a 14-10 lead and while Rule kicked one penalty, his late effort missed.
"We can't emphasise the last kick because of what went before that," Bonds told BBC Radio Cornwall.
"We had plenty of opportunities and we conceded some really soft penalties in the second half.
"That game was there for the taking and we've come up short," Bonds added.
But Bonds was full of praise for Redruth's defence, who restricted Henley, who had scored 155 points in their previous four matches, to just one try.
"I thought our defence was outstanding to keep a side like that down to 14 points, that's a great effort defensively," he said.