Yate Town FA Cup win not down to luck - boss Cousins

Manager Rob Cousins says Yate Town fully deserved their FA Cup win over Newport, which saw them reach the first round for the first time.

The Southern League club secured a replay at Rodney Parade after drawing 3-3 with County on Saturday.

And they shocked the Blue Square Bet Premier leaders on Tuesday with a 3-1 extra-time victory to book a meeting with Cheltenham in the next round.

"We weren't lucky, we deserved it," Cousins told BBC Radio Bristol.

"We said to them at half-time that if you've got that belief and willingness to work hard then we'll get our rewards.

"The sheer determination and willingness to pull together as a squad of players was tremendous."

Newport, who sit 88 places above Yate in the league standings, took the lead through Aaron O'Connor but were reduced to 10 men following David Pipe's sending off.

Tom Knighton equalised with the resulting penalty, and extra-time goals from Scott Thomas and Matt Groves sent Yate through, and ended Newport's unbeaten home record this season.

The Bluebells are currently rock bottom of the Southern League Division One South and West table, and Cousins says their Cup run will be a massive boost for the club.

"Small clubs like us thrive on any sort of injection of income. We might have a chat with the chairman and see if there's any chance of a bonus for the players," he said.

"There's always an upset from a lower league club. We've had hard ties throughout and hopefully what we've shown tonight will push us forward."

And goalscorer Groves, who played in the FA Cup during his time at Bristol Rovers, says the players are reveling in their recent exploits.

"It's a massive buzz for us and we've just got to enjoy it," he said.

"It's hard to realise that we've reached the FA Cup first round and now we've got to go back to our normal day jobs.

"I think the whole of England are thinking 'how are Yate in the first round?'. I bet a lot of people hadn't heard of us.

"Now they've heard of us and we'll be on the map for a few years now."