Bognor U18s manager Mike Taylor says his side will take the positives from a defeat in the FA Youth Cup as they head into their first league game of the season at Nyewood Lane this Monday (September 23, 7.45 kick-off).
The young Rocks lost 6-4 (aet) on the road at Three Bridges on Monday after reaching the tie with a victory at South Park. Next up the Nye Camp starlets host Burgess Hill Town and Taylor says he has asked his charges to replicate the desire they showed in the cup.
He said: "It was a tremendous show from the lads but unfortunately they were unable to recreate the heroics of the last round win at South Park. But credit to all the players who again put in a great effort but came up short against a good Three Bridges side, who did move the ball very well at times. Despite the defeat there were plenty of positives from the match and the team will learn from a disappointing result in a match they really should have won."
Bognor took an early lead with a flowing team move and a great finish by Olli Hawkins in the first minute. And despite being under pressure the visitors raced into a 3-0 advantage by the 23rd minute thanks to a brace from Cade Dyer.
The home side fought hard to get back into the game and continued to press. And their pressure paid off when they pulled a goal back just before half-time for 3-1. After the interval Ben Taylor missed from the penalty spot before Three Bridges dug deep to bring the score back to 3-3.
Chances came and went at both ends but it was the home side that took the lead in the 65th minute. But the young Rocks weren't finished and Hawkins made it 4-4 in the 71st minute.
The game finished level and extra time was played which saw the visitors concede two goals to lose the tie 6-4.