Corby Town manager Chris Plummer was left to rue a number of missed chances in the first half, as he watched his side crash out of the FA Cup with Budweiser against Hendon at Steel Park.
The Steelmen dominated the first half, however were undone by goals either side of the break as Hendon caused one of the upsets of the day.
Plummer told www.corbytownfc.co.uk; “In the first half we were in charge. We took the lead early on through Josh (Moreman) and were in total control of the game. We created opportunities and really should have extended our lead, so we were obviously disappointed to go into the break level. They scored against the run of play and I really thought that we were on top.
“In the second half they stepped up their game and got much tighter to us. We stopped doing what was giving us joy in the first half. They improved immensely and got to grips with us a little bit more. I cannot help feeling disappointed however, as I believe that if we had taken our chances, used our superior possession to our advantage a bit more then the result would have been very different.
“Yet again it is a set piece that has cost us dearly and although it was a great strike I think that you could count the number of chances that they created on one hand, so it’s very disappointing.
“I was also very disappointed with the red card at the end. I though Carl Piergianni was excellent today. The lad swung at him and it looked to me as if he held him to prevent being struck again, however the referee stated that he felt that he had retaliated and sent him off. I felt hard done by, because I think it was harsh.
“We will look at the possibility of appealing the decision, however I spoke to the referee afterwards in the right manner and he is adamant that Carl retaliated from his view. That could potentially be three matches that he misses now which would be a huge blow.”
Plummer did reserve some praise for the Ryman League side following the game;
“Good luck to Hendon in the next round, they deserved the win, as the score line shows. I will be watching the draw tomorrow and hope that it is favourable for them, but at the end of the day we are not in the draw and we now have to move on with the league, where I believe we dropped back into the bottom three due to other results today.
“Obviously we would have liked to progress but it’s back to the Blue Square Bet North for us. We need to get some wins together and get ourselves up the table, starting at Harrogate next week.
“We will keep monitoring bringing in some fresh faces to the squad. We have been in charge for around six weeks now, and I think we have a clear picture of who is up to the task and who isn’t. We are a very young squad and maybe require a few more experienced players to come in and strengthen certain areas.
“Harrogate Town is going to be tough, they thrashed the league leaders last week so we know just how dangerous they can be. We have some good players though and will go there confident of returning home with something.”