Football: Tiverton Town v Truro City
Bridgwater Town 3 Truro City 3
(Bridgwater won 6-5 on pens)
WELL at least City can concentrate on the league now after their last hopes of a cup success were ended when they lost a penalty shoot out in Somerset on Tuesday night.
City three times took the lead in this first round Red Insure Cup game, with two goals from Liam Eddy and one from Olly Brokenshire, but each time allowed the Calor League South & West Division One side to level the scores.
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And there was almost a certain inevitability that they would lose when the tie went straight to penalties, even though Ollie Chenoweth saved Bridgwater's first spot-kick.
Cody Cooke missed the chance to put City 4-2 up in the shoot out and it then went to "sudden death", with substitute Neil Slateford having his effort saved, allowing the home side to score the next kick and dump City out of the competition.
Shane White, sub Les Afful, debutant Steve Tully, Brokenshire and Jamie Lowry all converted their spot -kicks.
It was yet another bitter pill to swallow for manager Steve Massey after his side suffered a similar fate in the FA Trophy at Tiverton Town on Saturday.
He said: "It was the same story as Saturday. It was a game we should never have lost. We have just got to be more ruthless in closing out games and in our decision-making.
"Three times we took the lead but we just could not hold on."
City got off to a bright start and looked to be denied a blatant penalty when Cody Cooke seemed to be brought down well inside the area, but the referee instead awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box.
However, City did go ahead after 13 minutes when Eddy beat the offside trap to run through and score but sloppy play then allowed Alex Faux to level on the half hour mark.
City though continued to play some attractive football and Brokenshire with his first City goal restored City's advantage before the break after a clever step over by the recalled Jared Sims.
In the second half City were not quite as sharp and what Massey described as "horrendous defending" allowed Robbins to equalise 16 minutes from time.
But Eddy's second goal a great volley from a cross by former Exeter City defender Steve Tully looked to have booked City's place in the next round.
However, as too often has been the case this season, City's defence was found wanting in the final minute when Robbins scored direct from a free-kick following a foul by Arran Pugh.
It was then down to a penalty shoot out and like England have been so many times City were found wanting.
Tiverton Town 3 Truro City 2
THE choice words coming from the City dressing room at the end of the game left no doubt what City boss Steve Massey thought of his team's performance after seeing them crash out of the FA Trophy at the first hurdle.
It was a first qualifying round tie City should never have lost, but lose it they did, conceding a stoppage time goal, when a replay looked certain.
And speaking after the match Massey could hardly believe what he had witnessed.
He said: "There was no way in the world we should have lost that match and that's what I told them. And if these players can't do it we will have to replace them."
In the first half City were poor and were perhaps fortunate to trail just 1-0, after former striker Matt Wright headed the Devon club in front after six minutes.
But after the break they were much improved and quickly got back on level terms when Arran Pugh, with his first goal since his return to Treyew Road, headed home following a Olly Brokenshire corner, though the big defender, who had been unwell before the start, later had to go off. City continued to hold the upper hand and with ten minutes left took a 2-1 lead when Neil Slateford's speculative cross from the right flew over the head of Tiverton keeper Jonathan Viscosi's into the far corner.
However, the goal only seemed to fire up the home side and they drew level almost immediately when former Tiverton defender Paul Kendall could only divert a Max Kowal cross from the right into his own net, much to the delight of the home fans.
This set up a grandstand finish with Les Afful missing a glorious opportunity for City, while at the other end Tiverton substitute Lewis Morgan struck the bar.
But with the game into the third minute of stoppage time disaster struck for City when sloppy defending allowed Tiverton substitute Sam Malsom to slide home the winner.
TIVERTON: Viscosi; Heveran, Long, Martin (capt), Villis, Gardner, Krac, Smith, Kowal (Rudge 90+ 3), Wright (Morgan 70) Concanen (Malsom 61). Subs (not used): Emat-Emat, Searle.
Yellow cards: Martin, Villis.
CITY: Chenoweth; Cooke, White, Kendall (Capt), Pugh (Eddy 77), Evans, Slateford, Lowry, Watson (Sims 82), Brokenshire, Afful. Subs (not used): Copp, Broad.
Yellow cards: Lowry, Brokenshire.
Goals: Wright (6) 1-0, Pugh (51) 1-1, Slateford (80) 1-2, Kendall (og 82) 2-2), Malsom (90+ 3) 3-2.
Referee: Mr Greenwood.