Shortwood United: FA Cup run should inspire clubs, says boss

Sykes positive despite FA Cup exit

Joint boss John Evans hopes Shortwood United's run to the FA Cup first round will inspire other non-league clubs.

The Southern League Division One South & West outfit exited the competition on Monday after losing 4-0 to Port Vale.

But they attracted a club-record 1,247 crowd at Meadowbank and have claimed around £100,000 in prize money.

"The boys can be proud because they've enabled everyone at our level to dream that you can have days like this," Evans told BBC Gloucestershire.

"These memories are right up there with my favourite in football. All the way through, everything we've asked of the lads they've done."

Shortwood had to play six games to reach the first round of the Cup for the first time in their 113-year history, but they were unable to match their League One opponents for 90 minutes.

The game looked to be ending 2-0 before a late Jennison Myrie-Williams penalty and Chris Lines header gave them a four-goal lead.

"The last few minutes hurt a little bit," admitted Evans. "I think 2-0 was a fair reflection on the amount of effort our boys put in.

"But I'm still very proud of them."

While Port Vale prepare to face Conference Premier club Salisbury in the next round of the FA Cup, Shortwood return to league action on Saturday against Thatcham Town.

They are currently 19th in the standings and Evans hopes the cup will give them a boost.

"We want to see the same sort of spirit and effort in our league games, which is going to be tough as everyone is going to raise their games," added Evans, who is manager along with Alex Sykes.

"I hope some of the supporters keep coming. I hope they've enjoyed what we've done and found out what the club's about.

"Hopefully they've seen that we do play good football and I hope many more of them keep coming up the lane to see us at home games."