MANAGER Carl Heeley has said he sees a bright future for Worcester City, despite a heartbreaking 14-13 penalty defeat in their FA Cup second round replay against Scunthorpe United.
The Blue and Whites gave as good as they got but Wayne Thomas missed the decisive spot-kick, in the longest shoot-out the competition has ever seen, with Miguel Llera sending the Iron through.
But Heeley praised his Conference North team after they once again fought back from a goal down to claim a 1-1 draw in front of more than 4,000 City supporters.
“The thing we wanted to do in this cup run was have no regrets and perform to the best of our ability and give a good account of ourselves and we have done that and more,” he said.
“It feels like a cruel game but I am actually ecstatic and proud of all the players and all the staff for what they have done in this cup run.
“There will be some fond memories, it is disappointing to end but it was always going to end but the key thing tonight was we haven’t turned up and got rolled over comfortably, we made it an entertaining evening and we’ve gone the distance.
“We have to now use it as a springboard for our league campaign and FA Trophy because this football club deserves to be plying its trade at a higher level.
“To do that we have to get out the division and we need the supporters to keep coming more often and if we do that there’s a bright future for the club.”