There will be no Emirates FA Cup run from Town this season after they lost 2-1 to Peninsula League Tavistock at the Viridor Stadium in a 1st Qualifying Round replay yesterday evening (5th September). The Peacocks were basically not good enough on the night as they suffered their first home defeat in any competition since August 2016. They could hardly have made a worse start, Josh Grant firing the visitors ahead from the penalty spot in the first minute after Arran Pugh handled Dan Sullivan's cross. Pierce Mitchell and Ryan Brett both came close to an equaliser before Tavistock doubled their lead after 24 minutes, Town's defence in no mans' land as Luke Brown ran onto a long ball to steer past Lloyd Irish. The hosts offered little in response against the lively Lambs for the remainder of the half before Brett's cross hit the bar when play resumed. Ross Staley then gave the Peacocks hope when he drilled home a loose ball from just inside the box on 56 minutes but Tavistock continued to look dangerous on the break as Ben Cross fired against the post. Despite Town putting on the pressure, they were unable to muster much in the way of chances as they made an underwhelming exit from the competition. Match report can be viewed HERE while match photos from club photographers Tim Norbury and Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE and HERE. Goal highlights from the game can also be viewed on Peacocks TV HERE.
Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson remarked:" Obviously we're really disappointed to exit the FA Cup at this stage. We knew before the game that the momentum was marginally with Tavistock after the way the game finished on Saturday and the plan was to try and wrestle that back but giving away a penalty after 30 seconds made that pretty difficult and allowed Tavistock to sit deep and counter attack us. Over the tie we unfortunately made more errors and Tavistock were more clinical in front of goal and that is what has cost us. Disappointed for the supporters who enjoyed themselves so much in this competition last year and we of course hoped to go further than this stage this season but it does allow us to focus on the league and save all of our energy for that."
Reaction - midfielder Shane White said:" Just absolutely gutted to be honest to be out of the FA Cup this early on. I thought we did enough second half not to win the game but to take it into extra time but it wasn't to be. Take nothing away from Tavistock, they would beat many teams in our league but now we're out it makes you realise how special last season's run was. We're top of the league though and and we know on our day we can beat anyone in this league. I'm sure we will put it right on Saturday and go and get another three points."