Newark Town crashed out of the FA Sunday Cup following an 5-3 defeat to Birstall Stamford after extra-time
Having won the Newark Alliance Premier Division last season, Newark Town qualified for the FA Sunday Cup, the amateur Sunday version of the prestigious FA Cup.
Birstall Stamford were Town’s opponents in the unfamiliar settings of Grantham Town’s stadium, a 650 capacity arena that meets stadia rules, unlike the Blues’ Devon Park home ground.
Town got off to a poor start when a lapse in concentration allowed Stamford to take the lead in the tenth minute.
But the Alliance side replied in the 22nd minute as Daryl Price rounded off a good passing move by cutting onto his right foot and slotting past the goalkeeper.
Town’s joy was extended just six minutes later when Kieran Job got himself on the scoresheet.
The goal came as Job, playing out wide in the absence of usual wingers Ben Lund and Tom Perkins, made a late run into the box to convert Price’s cross.
A defensive error then allowed Stamford back into the game in the 38th minute, and with the half-time whistle looming, the visitors scored again.
Trailing in their FA Cup debut, Price stepped up and pulled his side level in the 76th minute.
As the game entered extra time, Town had introduced the fresh legs of Will Nelson and Damien Lloyd, but their energy could not help prevent a Stamford winner in the 100th minute.
Their additional fourth substitution, striker Jimmy Rusby, joined fellow attackers Price, Job and Joe Braithwaite as Town looked to throw everything at their opponents.
However, they were caught on the break and conceded a fifth in the 118th minute, to give a full-time score of 5-3 after extra time.