Hanley Town have bowed out of the FA Cup after a 1-0 Third Qualifying Round loss away at National League North side Brackley Town.
Despite being a man down in the final stages, the Staffordshire side had earned a 1-1 draw at Potteries Park on Saturday in front of the BBC Cameras to force Tuesday’s replay.
In the end, a 23-minute goal from the hosts separated the sides, ending Hanley’s run in the competition.
It is the furthest the club has ever progressed in the FA Cup in its history.
After the game manager Carl Dickinson paid testament to his side’s achievement.
“I can’t speak highly enough about what the lads have given me over these two games,” he said.
“(We played) against a team that is second in the National League North and we took them all the way over those two games.
“We would have loved to have got the win at home on Saturday but I think if the lads can’t go away now and show exactly what they are about and what they’ve shown in those two games and take it forward then it would be criminal for us.”
Dickinson on Hanley performance
The former Stoke City and Port Vale defender gave his assessment of how the replay went.
He said: “I thought we started the game very brightly.
“A bit unlucky to concede, I thought there was maybe a foul in there in the build-up to their goal.
“But a decent first half without really testing their ‘keeper. Second half I thought we were a lot better, a lot more on the front foot.
“I’d have liked to have tested the ‘keeper a bit more but the effort and what the lads have given me over these two games, I can’t ask any more of them.
“They’ve been different class. It’s a case now of dusting ourselves down and getting ready for what will be a tough game on Saturday.”
Hanley welcome Lichfield City in a Midland Football League Premier Division Staffordshire derby.
Both teams are unbeaten in the league this season. Lichfield are third after playing seven games with Hanley a point behind them in sixth having played a game fewer.
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