WEYMOUTH manager Mark Molesley admitted he was disappointed after he saw his side draw 1-1 with Banbury United in their FA Cup first qualifying round tie.
The match was a brilliant affair for the neutral, with no player doing themselves any injustice across the 90 minutes as both sides put in full-blooded performances to create a great example of FA Cup excitement.
Molesley said the match had everything in it and praised Banbury, telling Echosport: “It was a typical cup tie. It had a bit of everything in it, penalty decisions, there was action at both ends.
“On the whole I think we have probably done enough to win the game.”
Molesley lamented his side’s inability to craft more clear-cut chances in the game.
He said: “It was a tight affair, they are a good side, Banbury. They made it difficult.
“We probably did not create enough clear-cut chances but we have obviously created more chances than them and their keeper was probably slightly busier but like I said it was a tight affair.
“I felt like we probably had the lion’s share of the possession and we probably had the slightly better chances and probably shaded it so I am disappointed to get the draw but we are not out of it now and we have got to finish the job there.”
Abdulai Baggie opened the scoring in the 35th minute after James Goff spilled a ferocious shot from Josh McQuoid, but Baggie was able to run onto the ball and fire it in via a huge deflection from Charlie Wise.
However, Banbury earned a penalty after five minutes in the second half which Georgio Rasula fire in to even the scores.
Molesley said: “We started the second half slow. We had a bit of a 10-minute period and it is tough when you are in a cup game, you are 1-0 up you sort of don’t know whether to stick or twist a little bit.
“We played a little bit flat, a little bit slow for the first 10 minutes and just brought them on a little bit, then they got the goal.
“But we rallied again and we got better as the half went on and you saw us create a couple of good chances.
“We will dust ourselves down and go again.
“We stuck to our task, we kept trying to bang on the door but it did not quite happen for us.”
The game saw Weymouth youngsters Jack Martin and Charlie Kendall make the bench, while Jordan Ngalo and Antonio Diaz played in unfamiliar positions.
Molesley said: “It was a very youthful bench so it was great to see the young guys. Charlie has come back from injury so I am glad he has made a quick recovery and full credit to him that he has managed to get fit enough to get on the bench.
“And young Jack Martin, the goalkeeper, he looks an exciting prospect as well.
“I never usually single anyone out but I have got two players that have stepped in today and played full-back which is not even their position, two young players (Antonio) Diaz and (Jordan) Ngalo were fantastic for us. One, playing out of position and two, their endeavour and work rate as well.”