Guernsey FC out of FA Cup after losing Phoenix Sports replay

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Guernsey FC have never played an FA Cup tie on home soil

Guernsey FC will have to wait another season to play their first FA Cup tie on the island after losing 2-1 to Phoenix Sports in their preliminary round replay at Lewes.

Yacine Gnahore headed Phoenix into a fourth-minute lead before Ricky freeman made it 2-0 just three minutes later.

Dominic Heaume got one back with 14 minutes to go for the Green Lions.

The replay was played at a a neutral venue as under FA rules, any replay Guernsey face must be played away.

Guernsey have never played an FA Cup tie on home soil, but would have hosted Lewes in the first qualifying round on Saturday, 12 September.

"It was a terrible start and frustratingly it's what we talked about regarding their threat," Guernsey manager Tony Vance told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"It's not good enough, it's disappointing.

"It's not like we don't talk about it and try and work on solutions, but I think teams are starting to suss that out a little bit and it gives ourselves a mountain to climb."

In the first game, Guernsey conceded a late equaliser to on Saturday.

"When you give away two goals like that early on against teams like this that are very good at fighting for what they've got, it gives them something to hang on to and they certainly did that," Vance added.

"We're a good football team, but we also give away goals far too cheaply.

"It's not for the want of trying and wanting to work on it, but we've got to figure out a solution somehow."

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