Tommy Wright felt Corby Town’s youngsters “wasted an opportunity” as they were dumped out of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup by UCL Premier Division side Peterborough Northern Star.
The Steelmen boss, as expected, made a number of changes to his starting line-up as he keeps his main focus on trying to win promotion from the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
But, even with first-team squad members Claudiu Hoban, Elliott Chamberlain and Jamie Anton in their ranks, Corby were beaten 2-0 in the semi-final clash.
It means Northern Star will go on to face Brackley Town in the final at Sixfields and the overall display left boss Wright disappointed.
“The league and trying to win promotion has been and will remain my priority but we will be a lot stronger for the Red Insure Cup semi-final next Wednesday as well,” he said.
“I was disappointed for the young lads because that may be it now as far as opportunities are concerned.
“I have been singing their praises all season but they didn’t do themselves justice.
“And, what was even more disappointing was the fact that the senior lads who got some much-needed minutes didn’t do a great deal to affect my team selection for Saturday.
“As a team we just didn’t get going. It was a massive opportunity for these young boys to go and try to get themselves into a final at Sixfields, which would have been a great occasion.
“It was a big disappointment and the lads have wasted an opportunity for themselves.”
The Steelmen are now preparing for a return to league action on Saturday when they take on bottom side Burnham at Steel Park knowing a win will send them to the top of the table.
Don’t miss a full preview of this weekend’s game in Thursday’s Corby Telegraph