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Tadley Calleva manager proud despite FA Cup defeat
TADLEY Calleva boss Danny Dolan was proud of players despite them suffering an FA Cup exit, beaten 4-2 by visiting Ascot last Saturday.
It was the club’s first ever FA Cup tie and they were always going to be underdogs against the Hellenic League Premier Division side.
Dolan said: “The result may have gone against us, but it was a great day for the club and it was always going to be an uphill struggle going 3-0 down, especially against a side like that.”
The visitors, who made the last eight of the FA Vase last season, left the home side shell-shocked as they scored three times in the first 45 minutes in front of a good crowd.
Tadley got themselves back into the game as Brett Denham netted the club’s first ever FA Cup goal, but soon after Ascot scored a fourth.
Captain Scott Kinge then netted a second for the home side, while Matt Aslett hit the bar and Grant Powell went close, but they were unable to set up a grandstand finish.
After the excitement of the FA Cup, it is back to Wessex League Division One action this weekend with a visit from Stockbridge.
Looking ahead to the game, Dolan said: “Stockbridge are a new team from last season, so this is not going to be easy, but we are looking for the points as we are aiming for a top six finish this season.”
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