FA Cup: Wilkin has no complaints after seeing Saints knocked out

Brackley Town striker Lee Ndlovu is thwarted by Marine's Chris Doyle
Brackley Town striker Lee Ndlovu is thwarted by Marine's Chris Doyle

Brackley Town boss Kevin Wilkin had no complaints after seeing his knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup.

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Marine beat Saints 3-2 in Saturday’s third qualifying round tie.

On-loan 18-year-old Finlay Sinclair-Smith scored twice, at the start and end to the first half, with James Murray also on target in between. Adam Walker and Matt Lowe got Saints back in it in the second half but they were unable to force a replay despite their late pressure.

Wikin said: “Naturally it is a disappointing result. The way we played in the first half and the attitude we showed from the outset was really poor.

“It is one thing being confident and another being arrogant and I thought we were in the first half. It’s a strong word to use but credit to Marine because they were sharper than us, they made better decisions, their finishing was sharper.

“We were nine games unbeaten before Saturday and this brings you down to earth with a bump. We have had a terrific record in the cups and this is blot on our copybook which disappoints me.

“With the greatest of respect I would expect to be doing a whole better against Marine. But fair play to them, they’ve been ruthless in front of goal, we weren’t.”