Bate can't fault team's commitment

STANWAY joint-manager Rob Bate felt his side couldn't have given any more in Saturday's FA Vase defeat to St Ives.

STANWAY joint-manager Rob Bate felt his side couldn't have given any more in Saturday's FA Vase defeat to St Ives.

For the second season in a row Rovers bowed out after a home loss, but Bate wasn't looking on the negative side.

“We created enough chances to win the game, especially in the first half,” Bate said.

“Of course I'm disappointed, but I would be more worried if we weren't creating anything and that's far from the case.


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“We had the best of the first half, but they adjusted well in the second and it was hard for us to create, as they sat deep.

“But our work rate and commitment was spot on and we have done well in the last two seasons now in the Vase.” St Ives manager Jeremy Hall was beaming with delight at his side's victory.

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“I'm really very happy and pleased with the boys, especially in the second half.

“They got a bit of a roasting at half-time and they came out and responded. Stanway are a difficult team to play against because they break so quickly, they almost play a 4-2-4.

“This is the second season on the trot we have got to the last 16 and with Marske at home, it could have been a harder draw against the likes of Lowestoft for example.

“We have had a bit of luck on the way so far, so who knows, we could perhaps go all the way.”

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