Wincanton Town boss happy to return focus to league after spot-kick exit
WINCANTON Town manager Paul Down admitted his side's penalty exit to Hamworthy Recreation in the Magna Dorset Premier League Cup was not "the end of the world."
The Somerset-based hosts took the lead in the first round tie through Dave O'Hare, Hamworthy equalising two minutes before half time. The teams remained level until Danny Golding fired Wincanton into the lead in extra time, only for the away side to again find an equaliser and take the match to a penalty shootout, in which Recreation edged 6-5 to progress into the next round.
Down made it clear that the league is his main focus this season and that achieving promotion could be an easier task if his team have less cup games to play.
"It is not the end of the world for us," he said. "It might be better to get out of that cup now and not get sucked in. It might be a blessing in disguise. If we are going out of a competition I'd rather it be that cup. Don't get me wrong, I wanted to win but looking at it overall it could be good for us. We are still in the Somerset Senior Cup as well so we have a lot of games as it is.
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"It was very tight. Both teams played well and I was pleased with our performance. I was disappointed to lose on penalties but that's football. It was just one of those days. Good luck to Hamworthy, people are getting on their backs a bit at the moment but they are going through a transitional period. I still think they are one of the two best sides in the league."
Wincanton are currently the only unbeaten side in the division and lie in fourth place, three points behind pace-setters Portland United. Down is eager to return to league action this month and hopes he will oversee a continuation of his side's impressive league form, insisting that his players will be unaffected by their cup exit.
He said: "I do not consider it a defeat. It went down to one penalty kick. We are not downbeat about it and we will get back to business in the league in November. We have three home games next month and that is what we are focusing on. We are two or three games behind most of the teams in the league and we want to get points on the board."
By Ethan Daish
TINTINHULL enjoyed better shoot-out fortune, edging past Hamworthy United Reserves 5-4 on penalties in the Magna Dorset Premier League Cup.
The two teams were inseparable at 3-3 at the end of normal time with four further goals in the extra 30 minutes sending the game to spot kicks.