TIVERTON Town manager Mark Saunders admitted his side were simply not good enough as they crashed out of the Red Insure Cup following a 4-1 second-round defeat at home to Paulton Rovers.
Tivvy – who fielded an under-strength side – found themselves losing 3-0 and down to 10 men at the break, as Adam Faux saw red for dissent following a controversial penalty awarded against the defender.
A fourth followed in the second period, although striker Jules Emati-Emati did pull back a consolation strike for the Yellows two minutes into injury time. Saunders, who rested Joe Bushin and Alex Faux with minor back and hip problems, admitted things had gone badly wrong for his team. "It did not go our way from the start.
We gave some of the other lads a chance to get some minutes but it did not go according to plan," admitted Saunders, whose side go to Sholing this Saturday in the league.
"We started off well and looked quite bright but then a long ball over the top caught us out, Chris Wright left it for the two centre-backs and they have taken the lead.
"Adam Faux then made a tackle and the ball has gone forward but the referee has given a penalty. Adam then said something and the referee has sent him off for dissent, but all he said was that it was a poor decision.
"From then on, only one team was going to win it." In further bad news for the club, Harry Nodwell limped off with an ankle injury that is likely to rule him out for roughly two weeks.
The club could also receive a fine for only fielding five players who started the last two leagues games, while cup rules dictate seven must be named in the starting XI.