05:00PM, Friday 09 February 2018
James Comley admitted it was frustrating to watch Maidenhead United bow out of the FA Trophy from the substitutes’ bench on Tuesday night, but he’s backed the team to bounce back against Torquay United on Saturday.
The Magpies midfielder was withdrawn for Christian Smith with the side in control at 2-0 up after goals from Jake Hyde and Sam Barratt, but momentum swung back to the home side who scored twice to take the game into extra time before grabbing the winner.
Comley admitted the 120 minutes of cup football will have taken it out of the players, but he expects them to put in a ‘big shift’ against struggling Torquay on Saturday.
“Listen, it was a big journey,” he said. “We’ll do our best to recover on Thursday (at training) and will probably take it easy. We just have to go again on Saturday now. I expect we’ll put in a big shift, just to get over this result.”
Defensive mistakes and an inability to close the game out cost the Magpies dear on Tuesday night, against a ‘decent team’ in Comley’s eyes. He’d have fancied the Magpies against Brackley Town in the next round too, but it wasn’t meant to be.
“If we’d have won 2-1, people would have said ‘you sat back, well done,” he said.
“But that’s the way it goes sometimes. Little things could have been avoided, little mistakes were made at both ends of the field.
“With the greatest respect to every team in this competition, it’s for Conference teams and below, so we’d have fancied our chances against anyone, and when you get a draw against a team from the league below you feel that even more so.
“It would have been good to get to Wembley but it wasn’t meant to be,” added Comley.
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