09:00AM, Thursday 24 August 2017
PAUL Shone believes Flackwell Heath should have been out of sight in Saturday’s FA Cup qualifying tie against Didcot Town.
The Heathens were leading thanks to Jamie Essex’s first half goal and had several chances to build on that lead before collapsing to a 2-1 defeat.
To make matters more galling, Didcot drew out a trip to Billericay Town in the next round of the competition on September 2.
Shone said the defeat had been difficult to get over, but insisted the squad would lift themselves for the bread and butter of league football. They host Oxford City Nomads on Saturday and Burnham on Monday.
“It was a competitive game but I’ve still got a bad taste in my mouth about it,” said Shone. “We dominated the first half and should have been out of sight.
“We were a shadow of ourselves in the second half. For whatever reason we dropped off and they deserved to win the game on their second half display.
“We had a good go at them in the first half but it wasn’t meant to be. Jamie’s scored a good goal and Dean Allen has had a couple of chances which he’s been sticking away in pre-season and in training, but it wasn’t to be.
“It’s even more frustrating because we’d have been away to Billericay Town in the next round and that would have been a fabulous day out for the club.
“We’ll approach the Oxford game in the right way and look to get a result. Then Burnham on Monday.
“We’ve already played them and I thought they did OK but their recent results have been very indifferent and I can’t see how. We’ve got good expectations to do well in these matches but we have to deliver. The league is our bread and butter, our main priority.”
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