Marcus Law admitted Kettering Town’s FA Cup third qualifying round replay defeat at Bamber Bridge was “tough to take”.
The Poppies twice fought back from 1-0 and 2-1 down in Lancashire last night thanks to goals from Will Grocott and Dubi Ogbonna.
But Brett Ormerod’s second goal of the evening proved decisive as Bamber Bridge advanced to take on Brackley Town in the fourth qualifying round a week on Saturday.
Law admitted the Poppies’ dressing-room was “quiet” after the setback and his insists he knows frustration is growing within the supporters’ ranks as they now prepare to resume their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign against Histon at Latimer Park on Saturday.
“It was extremely tough to take,” Law said.
“We came in at half-time having been on the end of a top class finish. You have to hold your hand up, there wasn’t a great deal we could do about it.
“I don’t think they warranted being 1-0 up but we came out and put them under pressure and we got the reward for it.
“To be honest, they looked like they were hanging on a bit but an error has let them back in and then we have come back at them and once we got the second goal, I thought it was us who looked the more likely.
“But they have hit us with a real sucker-punch at the end and we never really recovered from it.
“It was yet another case of us being the nearly men and that’s how it seems to be at the moment.
“It was a very quiet dressing-room at the end and I know there is frustration building.
“But we now have to regroup and be ready for the league game at the weekend.”
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