FA Vase: AFC St Austell boss proud after Glossop North End exit

Phil Lafferty
Phil Lafferty's side have lost just two of their 23 league games this season

AFC St Austell manager Phil Lafferty says he is proud of his players and his club after they were knocked out of the FA Vase at the semi-final stage.

Top-scorer Liam Eddy's late goal gave St Austell a 1-0 win at Glossop North End, but they could not overcome the 2-0 deficit from the opening leg.

"I am absolutely proud of every single person in the dressing room and everyone behind the scenes," he said.

"Our club has really taken Cornwall to another level," he told BBC Cornwall.

St Austell were aiming to be the first Cornish club to reach the final of the FA Vase since Truro City won it in 2007, and had beaten and in the previous two rounds.

"When we really needed to dig deep and find the extra bit, maybe the first game we were over-awed," said Lafferty.

"They're a good side Glossop, a good club and they know how to see games out. They have a system and work very hard towards it and they stopped us from playing and sometimes you've got to credit the opposition.

"I've said to the players 'let's hope we just beat the FA Vase winners', and I genuinely and sincerely hope that Glossop go on and win the FA Vase and we can claim we at least beat them in the second leg."

St Austell's season is far from over, as the club can still win the league and cup double in the South West Peninsula League.

The Poltair Park club are 12 points off league leaders Saltash United but have eight games in hand, while they face Godolphin Athletic in the final of the Cornwall Senior Cup on 6 April.