Biggleswade Town boss Lee Allinson - FA Cup defeat is sickening
PUBLISHED: 14:42 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:42 12 September 2018
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Biggleswade Town boss Lee Allinson was disgusted by the Waders’ early FA Cup exit as Chesham United triumphed 2-1.
The Waders went behind for the fifth consecutive game at the Meadow, but couldn’t muster their usual comeback, as Allinson suffered his first defeat in the Langford Road hotseat.
Goals from Dejon Noel-Williams and Dave Pearce cancelled out Matt Ball’s consolation, as Chesham - who are winless in the Evo-Stik Southern South Premier - progressed to the second qualifying round.
Speaking to CometSport, the Allinson said: “It makes you feel sick and you don’t want to look on social media.
“That performance had been coming and if you keep conceding early, at some point you won’t come back.
“It’s gutting, we’d have got Welling United in the next round, which would have been a big crowd and a great day.
“It’s a wake up call for the players. If you go down early you give teams something to hold on to. When we went 1-0 up against AFC Rushden and Diamonds we were very hard to beat, it’s just a case of turning the tables.”
In a repeat of the previous match against Rushall Olympic, the Waders were 1-0 down inside five-minutes.
Chesham broke forward after the Waders’ slack midfield play. Sam Barker’s long-range effort was blocked, but the ball fell for Noel-Williams, who lifted into the top corner from 18-yards.
After forcing Sam Donkin into a superb performance throughout, Chesham doubled their lead with 15-minutes left. Pearce let the ball bounce and hit it from 16-yards, watching it soar into the top corner.
The Waders earned a lifeline with four-minutes to go, when Matt Ball eventually poked in after a goalline scramble for 2-1. A final surge proved unsuccessful, and the Waders’ cup journey was over.
Despite his disappointment, Allinson pulled positives from Donkin’s performance. The new boss showed faith in Donkin this summer by quickly confirming him as first-choice keeper after a season on the sidelines last term.
Allinson said: “He’s been terrific on and off the pitch and he’s improving too.
“He’s settled and you can see that in his performances. We could have conceded four or five on Saturday without him.”