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FOOTBALL: Cup battlers leave Rawlings beaming
TREVOR Rawlings insists his Corsham Town side should be proud of pushing Toolstation League Premier Division title favourites Bristol Manor Farm all the way in the FA Cup.
Corsham were in dreamland as they led 4-1 during Saturday’s first qualifying round tie, with Jamal Chevolleau hitting a brace whilst Dan Lardner and Ben Moore were also on target.
But the visitors roared back in the second half, netting an injury time equaliser to snatch a 4-4 draw at the Southbank.
In Tuesday night’s replay, Rawlings’ men were unable to pull off an upset and eventually fell to a second half penalty but the Corsham chief wants to see his players concentrate on the positives.
“We knew how tough it was going to be because they’re favourites to win the Prem, they’d scored so many goals and hadn’t conceded many but for the first half on Saturday, they didn’t look good because we were brilliant,” said Rawlings.
“They didn’t score their second until about the 70th minute and once that own goal (from Matt Windle) went in, our heads dropped a bit and their quality showed.
“Then on Tuesday, we defended brilliantly but just didn’t create much. The referee decided that our keeper (Anthony Brown) brought down their striker and it probably was a penalty.
“We want to take the positives out of it and try and take it in to the league games.
“I just want to get back into the league and concentrate on getting some points on the board.”
Before they can turn their attentions back to the First Division, Corsham have a third meeting in seven days with Manor Farm to contend with.
Rawlings’ men travel to the Farmers again this weekend in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase but will be without Nathan Phillimore, Windle, Chevolleau and the injured Jamie Moss, whilst Liam Brown is also a doubt.
The Corsham manager added: “We know each other inside out now so it’s going to be an interesting one – we’ll see what we can do.”
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