FOOTBALL: Robins’ cup hopes are sent crashing after replay reverse
DEREK Graham says his Frome Town side have no choice but to knuckle down and concentrate on their next test after they were knocked out of the FA Cup this week.
A last-gasp own goal from Bognor Regis Town’s Jon Mazetti rescued a 1-1 draw for the Robins in their initial first qualifying round clash last weekend.
But on Wednesday night, Frome were sent packing from the country’s most famous cup competition after a disappointing trip to Sussex.
Harvey Whyte put the Isthmian League hosts ahead in the 37th minute as he slotted home after Frome failed to clear their lines before Ollie Pearce netted Bognor’s second before half-time.
Ben Godfrey stroked home the home side’s third in the second period, with substitute Terry Dodd finishing off the rout in the 79th minute.
“We found out what a good side they were in the first game on Saturday and if you’re going to get through these kind of ties, you really need to be winning at home,” said boss Graham.
“They played good football and maybe if we were the type of side that could go out and bully them, then things might have been different.
“We played quite well in the first half and should have taken the lead but then we gave away two goals with silly mistakes and it’s a struggle from there.
“It’s disappointing because we wanted to try and bring some money in to the club but that’s not going to happen and we’ve got to get on with it.
“We’re in a hard league, where there’s no easy games, but we’ve just got to knuckle down and go again on Saturday – that’s all we can do.”
Graham has added to his squad this week with the signing of striker Aidan Kirby, who represents the Army and was once on the books of Bradford City.
Frome host Hungerford Town in the Calor League Premier Division tomorrow before making the long trip to Truro City next Tuesday.
Kurt Hammonds, Jonny Crowley and Matt Smith all miss this weekend’s clash through injury.
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