Football: Manager Rob Cousins defends Yate Town after heavy defeat to Gloucester City in FA Cup
YATE TOWN boss Rob Cousins has given a staunch defence of his side following their 7-0 defeat at Gloucester City in the FA Cup on Wednesday night.
The Bluebells were on the brink of knocking out the Tigers, who play two divisions higher in Conference North, until Darren Edwards’ late equaliser from the penalty spot in the 2-2 draw just four days earlier but were ripped apart in the third qualifying round replay at Whaddon Road.
Yate were dealt a blow before kick-off when key defender Tom Seery broke down in the warm-up, prompting three positional changes in the back four, with winger Ross Staley also missing out with a foot injury.
Although Yate were unable to match last year’s achievement of reaching the first round proper, it was still only the second time they reached the third qualifying round after shock wins over Bideford and Chippenham Town and they earned £9,425 in prize money, with crowds of 500-plus in both ties against Gloucester boosting their gate receipts.
“On Saturday you couldn’t tell which team played two leagues higher and on Wednesday night you certainly could but that wasn’t helped with the loss of Ross Staley and more importantly the late withdrawal of Tom Seery,” said Cousins.
“We had to change the whole back line, who were immense Saturday.
“No doubt we should have won the tie Saturday but for those last 90 seconds.
“We showed our lack of experience and consistency needed to play the better teams but again we have had a decent cup run beating higher positioned clubs on the way and earning a few coppers for the club.
“Because of last season’s history making cup run, expectations were high but this side was only put together in the summer least we not forget.
“Nobody likes to lose to a score line like that but to concede so early rocked us and the tie was all but over after 30 minutes.
“We had a few chances in between their goals but we didn’t convert them.
“It would have been easy to just come out the second-half and just try to limit them to any further chances without giving it a go ourselves going forward. We gave it a go, had a handful of chances which we didn’t take and got caught on the counter attack.”
Yate play their first Southern League Division One South and West game for a month tomorrow when Godalming Town visit Lodge Road tomorrow (3pm), but they will be without Seery, Staley and James Harmer, who went off injured against Gloucester.
Cousins added: “We as individuals, management team, board of directors , supporters, all associated with the cub must pull together and lift the players with forthcoming league games, starting this Saturday. With only eight games played in the league, the season has only just started.”
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