BOSS Brendan Kelly believes there were plenty of lessons for Bromsgrove Sporting to learn after bowing out of the FA Trophy at the very first hurdle.
Corby Town took the lead in the 25th minute on Saturday when Joel Carta capitalised on a misplaced pass from Daniel Morris to slot through Elliot Sandy who rounded Jonathan Brown to tap into an empty net.
Sporting equalised six minutes later when John Pykett rifled home from Will Shorrock’s cross.
The visitors were then awarded a controversial penalty just before half-time, with Morris penalised for a seemingly fair challenge on Jordan Crawford in the area.
Carta sent Sporting keeper Brown the wrong way from the spot to put Corby 2-1 ahead.
Corby then secured the victory five minutes into the second half when Connor Kennedy headed home from Sam Warburton’s corner.
Although disappointed with the defeat, Kelly believec the cup tie showed areas where the Rouslers needed to improve.
“We started knocking it long when chasing the game and things didn’t really go our way but Corby we were well organised and resolute all over the pitch,” he said.
“That’s what we have got to bring into our game.
“Corby’s game management was excellent, they were full of experience and we could not get into our rhythm of play because they stifled us.
“I said to the lads afterwards the higher the level you play at, then the individual mistakes are going to get punished.
“In the last couple of years we have not playing against much quality, with no disrespect to those sides, and when we gave chances away we were not getting punished.
“We’ve seen at the weekend that when you make errors, the opposition take their chances.”
Up next for Sporting is a return to Southern League Division One Central action with a home clash against Dunstable Town on Saturday.
Kelly is boosted by the returns of Jason Cowley, who has completed his three-game suspension, as well as Jack Cresswell who comes back from wedding duties.
“We just need to get the VG back into a fortress as cup competitions have not been very kind to us this season,” he added.
“As were out of all three now our main focus is on the league.
“I’m disappointed for the fans that we couldn’t go on a cup run and I’m disappointed for the chairman (Mike Burke) as those runs bring in revenue and extra fixtures.
“However, our main aim was always the league and given the start we’ve had, there’s no reason why we can’t kick on from that.”