Dennis Greene reflects on 'financial blow' of FA Cup exit
Boston United boss Dennis Greene has admitted crashing out of the FA Cup is a financial blow to the club.
The Pilgrims’ interest in the competition was ended at the third qualifying round stage yesterday when they lost 2-0 at fellow Skrill North high-flyers Brackley Town.
Victory would have netted United £7,500 and possibly a lucrative final qualifying round tie against a Skrill Premier outfit.
But in keeping with their wreckage recent record in the competition, Boston are now left to focus on the league and the FA Trophy, which Greene’s side enter next month.
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“Financially it’s a big blow, for the club, the supporters and myself,” said Greene. “We wanted to stay in this competition, but we got a really tough draw and couldn’t get through it.”
Goals in each half from Glenn Walker and Steve Diggin sent Brackley into tomorrow’s fourth qualifying round draw, which will feature Lincoln City, Grimsby Town and Stamford, who overcame Ashton United yesterday.
Greene admitted a rare error by keeper Ashley Timms, which led to Walker’s goal just before half-time, drastically altered the course of the game.
“I’m just really disappointed. To go a goal behind in the manner we did was very disappointing,” added Greene.
“I wouldn’t say we were comfortable at that point, but they hadn’t really had a shot at our goal. It was 0-0 just before half-time and we were happy, then Timmsy makes a complete clanger and we were 1-0 down. We then had to chase the game in the second half, had a bit of pressure and opportunities to score.
“Then we got caught on the break (for Diggin’s goal), but if it had been 0-0 we wouldn’t have been caught.
“It’s one of those things (Timms’s mistake). It sticks out badly because it put us 1-0 down in an FA Cup game. It meant we had to chase the game.”
Last night, following talks with Greene, Timms revealed he will stop training with League One outfit Sheffield United.
“After speaking to the manager I'm going to stop training at Sheffield United and concentrate 100% fully on trying to get Boston United promoted,” he said on his Facebook page.