Wisbech Town FC crashed out of the FA Cup after going down by a single goal at high-flying Norwich United.
Norwich, second in Thurlow Nunn Premier Division before this tie, were favourites after enjoying home advantage against Wisbech who are languishing at 17th in the UCL Premier Division – the equivalent level to the Thurlow Premier.
Brave Wisbech lost in the first qualifying round to a United goal from a defensive mistake just 30 seconds before the interval.
Fenmen boss Dick Creasey (pictured) said the error was bad luck on the best player on the park, assistant boss Paul Cousins: “It was another individual error which cost us dearly.
“There was nothing in the game, and it was not a great game.
“I didn’t think we deserved to win it or to lose it.
“One silly mistake cost us.
“To me it was just a header away and it looks like he just let it go through to (goalkeeper) Lea Jordan.
“Cousi was probably the best player on the park. He put his body in the way of the ball, so it was ironic it was his mistake. Football does this to you sometimes.”
Forward Danny Beaumont, who was a doubt for much of the week with a knee injury, made the starting XI.
A pay day of £3,000 was up for grabs for winning this tie.
Creasey added: “We were never going to win the FA Cup, but we would like to have won this tie and then seen what happens.
“But we must move on now and get some form in our league games.”
Wisbech are back in league action next Saturday in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League at home to 12th place Harrowby United.
Creasey has set a target for the next three games, which are all at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium. On Tuesday the Fenmen host Boston Town, who lost 7-0 last weekend in the FA Cup at King’s Lynn.
He commented: “We’re at full strength. We have got three home games in eight days: Saturday, Tuesday and Saturday.
“We’re really, really looking for maximum points.
“They are not easy games but if you want to be around the top of the league, you’ve got to win them.
Wisbech: Jordan, Spafford, Johnson (Lunn), Cousins, Fairweather, Millson, Cobb, Reid, Ford, Beaumont, Smith (Bayliss). Sub not used: Bishop.