Debenham LC manager Stuart Reavell felt his side got what they deserved after the Hornets were beaten by lower-level opposition in the Suffolk Senior Cup semi-final, writes Michael Steward.
Suffolk and Ipswich League (SIL) Senior Division side Ipswich Valley Rangers ran out 2-1 winners at Woodbridge Town’s Notcutts Park on Saturday.
And in an honest assessment afterwards, Reavell said: “I don’t think at any point in the game we were actually anywhere near our best.
“If you don’t take chances and make errors then you’re going to pay for them and we did.
“I’m very disappointed in the way we played. I never thought we lacked the effort and work ethic but the quality was not there.”
He was full of praise for the performance of his SIL opponents however, as Rangers ended the Hornets chance of reaching their first-ever Suffolk Senior Cup final.
“Credit to IVR, they put us to the sword in the first-half. They managed the game really well and slowed it down when they needed to; they’ve got some quality players and good luck to them in the final,” he said.
“Cup upsets happen all the time and the senior league has been strong all year, and that showed.
“This is going to hurt for a while but my players need to react to in a positive way, because we’ve still had a great season and there are still points to play for.”
Debenham face Great Yarmouth away tomorrow (3pm), before travelling to Stowmarket Tuesday (7.45pm).
n See pages 52&53 for match report and pictures