Moxey has pride in players after Cup run comes to an end
By Wells Journal | Thursday, September 22, 2011, 11:00
Wells City manager Tim Moxey was proud of his players' efforts despite their FA Cup dream being ended at the weekend.
However, there was no disgrace in falling to Chippenham Town, who play two leagues higher, and Moxey relished his side's achievements in beating Hengrove Athletic and Bishops Cleeve in previous rounds.
"It's been exciting and fantastic. Going to a place like Chippenham with the facilities and the crowd chanting makes everything we have done over the last few years all the more worthwhile," said Moxey.
"It's been a hugely enjoyable experience and one we are looking forward to repeating next year."
City suffered a 3-0 defeat at Hardenhuish Park on Saturday but, although believing the result was a fair one, Moxey was delighted his side put in such a spirited display.
Trailing 2-0 at the break, the Blues were the better team for long periods in the second half and were deserving of a goal to show for their efforts.
"Over the 90 minutes, it's fair to say that man for man they were a little bit better than us," said Moxey.
"We went there under no illusions and we played with a huge amount of passion and pride. Everyone can be proud of our achievements in giving Chippenham a decent game.
"The third goal was a little bit of a killer as up to then we fancied ourselves to get a goal back. Had we done that, and we had the chances to do it, it would have been 2-1 and game on.
"We had three wonderful opportunities, including two superb free-kicks from Ross McErlain. The first beat the keeper all ends up – he was going nowhere and we were within inches of pulling a goal back.
"With the second, the keeper pulled off a wonderful save and he did well to hold on to the ball with two players bearing down on him. Steve Murray also had a tremendous effort which I thought was heading for the back of the net but again the keeper pulled off a magnificent save."
Wells entertained defending Toolstation League Premier Division champions Larkhall Athletic on Tuesday night and are back in cup action this weekend.
They travel to Bristol Manor Farm in the FA Vase on Saturday (3pm).
"We've got another tough game away against Bristol Manor Farm who have started the season well," said Moxey.
"We got a tremendous 2-0 victory there last season but equally they turned us over at home.
"It will be an exciting game and we'll go there with bags of confidence after what we have done here and if we can duplicate what we did at Chippenham it should be a really good contest."