WHITCHURCH Alport manager Adam Shillcock had few complaints after his side crashed out of the Isuzu FA Vase following a 2-1 defeat at home to Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday.

Shillcock admitted the Reds had not been good enough but insisted he was proud of his team.

Harry Bower fired Alport ahead only for Tom Barton and Ben Search goals to complete Wakering’s fightback.

Shillcock said: “I can’t fault the lads endeavour but we simply weren’t good enough in possession of the football and our lack of quality on the afternoon to break lines and be composed in and around the 18 yard box really stood out. 


“Without being disrespectful to Great Wakering Rovers we have played far better teams in the competition this year and in our own league but their composure and quality in key moments was the difference that separated us. 

“That being said I’m proud of my lads and our club for committing to the standards set of hard work and perseverance - these are the foundations we are building at our football club and its obviously bodes well for a new dawn.

“I want to thank our fans for their support on our journey in the vase. The 7-0 win against Worcester Raiders and the win on the road to Biggleswade after being down to nine  men in the first half really stand out. Rain, wind or shine they have been superb. They are Alport.”

The Reds will now focus on the Midlands Premier League with Shillcock targeting several new signings in a bid to push toward the play-offs.

“I’m looking to bring in three of our long term targets in this week that will spice things up and bring us another dimension, added Shillcock who has appointed Martyn Davies as assistant manager with Sam Cartwright departing Yockings Park.

“Sam is a huge loss to the football club. He is genuine, loyal and someone whose company I enjoy 10 fold. When he returns from his travels Alport will be his home,” said Shillcock. “I felt it important on the next stage on this journey to bring in some experience to the group - Martyn fits that bill, living locally and having watched a number of our games already he’s knows where this group is at. 

“His experience of playing and managing is unparalleled locally and it’s an idea I’ve been toying with for sometime - I’m delighted to welcome him to club as part of our staff.”