Steyning Town boss Alan Skipper was happy to reflect on an ‘amazing’ run as they narrowly exited the FA Vase.
The Barrowmen’s superb run came to an end with a 2-1 defeat away to Southern Counties East League Premier Division side Ashford United in the second round.
A Danny Gainsford goal just past the hour-mark had levelled things for the away side, but they quickly conceded what turned out to be the winner after a defensive mix-up two minutes later.
A buoyant Skipper, however, refused to be downbeat and said: “We can’t be too disappointed as the cup run has been amazing.
“We gave superb performances in every game including on Saturday and we take away some great memories that many at the club will cherish.
“Saturday was a very difficult and tough game in the conditions that the players faced. We were met with a bitterly cold strong wind blowing down the pitch in addition to what was a very decent side indeed.
“All said and done we battled well in the game and had chances of our own. If it wasn’t for a classy save from their goalkeeper late on it may have been a different story on the day.
“Ashford over the 90 minutes were deserved winners and as stated a very decent side indeed. I couldn’t fault my players commitment on the day or through all rounds of this competition.”
United showed little evidence of their off-the-field money troubles as they started well on the 3G surface at the Homelands Stadium.
After a series of chances they took the lead on 38 minutes when Ryan Palmer’s corner fell to Paul Booth who curled home.
After Town levelled up through Gainsford on 62 minutes, Sebastian Schoburgh struck soon after to send his side into the third round.
Skipper wished their opponents the best and added: “I must pass on our thanks to Ashford for showing such superb hospitality in what must have been a difficult week and trying times for them with the financial issues they face.”
Steyning: Rose, Skipper, Parsons (Assefi), Elms, Finch, Gainsford, Dodd, Hartley (Levoi), Clark, Knowles (Peskett), Garnham. Unused subs: McMahon, Hare.
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