Vics' crash out of the FA CUP at the first stage

 

Vics' started the match well and took a deserved lead through Dan Cockerline after 17 mins with a tap-in from 6 yards following a low right-wing cross.  Cheadle soon hit back, with a swift counter attack and low pile driver of a left-footed shot from the lively Samuel Noar.  Cheadle took the lead before break when a twinkle-toed run from Michael Sherrington saw him carving his way through the Vics' defence and firing into the net.

 

Cheadle extended the lead in the second half with another swift counter attack, a superb left wing cross was struck into net by Michael Sherrington to add to his tally for the afternoon, Vics' then pressed but could not find a way through the Cheadle defence. further misery came late on when substitute Tabiso Magida scored to make it 1-4. Alex Byrne scored a last minute consolation goal from the spot after Dan Cockerline was upended in the box.

 

Adam Lakeland's reaction to the match

 

Firstly I would like to apologise to the supporters and board members for the performance and result this afternoon. Having been a difficult summer for everyone connected to the club, I know how hard a number of you are working and you deserve a much better performance than what my team gave you today. I know how important the F.A Cup is to non-league clubs not just for the money generated by progressing but also the ability it has to raise awareness and the overall profile of the club. This result has seen us lose out on both of these elements and as manager I accept and take full responsibility for the on field performance.
 
Within the game itself we not only went ahead, but had a couple of good chances at 1-0 to extend our lead which again we let slip and through becoming casual we gave away possession cheaply in our own half which resulted in the through pass for Sam Noar which he smashed home from 20 yards. This gave Cheadle lots of encouragement and they were much more competitive and committed to battling for the result than we were which is bitterly disappointing for me to say. 
 
We enjoyed a lot of possession and carved out a number of good opportunities but we were wasteful throughout the game when we got into good areas and had reasonable chances which we failed to convert. We had enough chances to win the game comfortable ourselves but combined with lacking ruthlessness, defensively we were a shambles. I saw a lack of experience and discipline particularly when we went behind. The players stopped functioning as a team and we became far too open which Cheadle exploited in the second half whenever we turned over possession.
 
Without being disrespectful to Cheadle, who were worthy winners on the day and we wish them well for the remainder of the season, but they are two leagues below us and whilst I know that upsets happen in the F.A Cup, we should not be losing to them regardless of the team we field. Yes we are below strength at the moment, particularly at centre-back, but overall the team wasn’t anywhere near what it needs to be. I cannot put my finger on why we got this performance today as we played much better on Saturday and Wednesday than we did today and were unlucky not to win those games against much stronger opposition. I feel we need to add some more experience and characters to give the younger players a little guidance and so I will be working hard this week to see who’s available and hopefully we will not only add a couple, but also see the return of Matty Regan as well which will make a significant difference to our starting 11.
 
Saturdays half time Open the Box draw, the lock was unopened so  the prize fund will roll over to the Spalding Match.