04:00PM, Friday 15 November 2019
Marcus Richardson claimed his side never got the rub of the green as they crashed out of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup at the hands of Didcot Town.
The 3-0 scoreline looked comfortable for Didcot at Wilks Park, but Richardson claimed it flattered the visitors, insisting his players had chances to make it more of a game.
George Reid wrong-footed the Heathens keeper to put Town ahead before the break while Luke Carnell headed in and Jack Dark scored to kill off any hopes of a comeback by the home side. Their luck was summed up late on when Khalid Simmo missed a penalty. Richardson and his squad were keen to reach the latter rounds, and pull out a tie against Maidenhead United or Wycombe Wanderers, but it wasn’t to be.
“We couldn’t put the ball in the net last night (Tuesday),” admitted Richardson.
“And even if we’d still been playing now I don’t think we’d have scored. It was that type of night.
“I’m upset about it because I felt we played okay but just never got the rub of the green in front of goal.”
“If you were to look at the scoreline you’d say that they’d been comfortable, but I can guarantee that it was anything but comfortable for them,” added Richardson.
“We had spells and created chances. I think that even if we’d been playing Manchester United we’d have had a 30 second spell.
“We just didn’t get the rub of the green. They took their chances and we didn’t.”
Richardson was keener to talk about Saturday’s 3-2 win at Tuffley Rovers, which the visitors achieved despite Josh Baines’ first half dismissal. Mo Ceesay, James Burrel and Simmo were on target.
“I was still thinking ‘we should beat this lot even with 10 men’,” Richardson said.
“If things had been different we could have given Tuffley a little beating to be fair.”
The result lifted them to 11th in the table ahead of this week’s home games against Shrivenham (Saturday) and Brackley Town Saints (Tuesday).
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