NO GATE-CRASH FOR TIGERS

WORKSOP'S FA Trophy dream is over for this season – but Tigers boss Steve Ludlam said the experience has made his side stronger.

WORKSOP'S FA Trophy dream is over for this season – but Tigers boss Steve Ludlam said the experience has made his side stronger.

The Tigers were cruelly dumped out of the competition by a wonder goal and a late strike after outclassing Conference opponents Margate for most of their fourth round clash.

But Ludlam was happy with his side and said after the game on Wednesday night: "I am so proud of the way the lads performed."

"We were by far the better team and I can't praise them highly enough. It is a travesty of justice that we are not in the fifth round."

"It was one of those games where you walk away and think, 'how have we not won that match?'"

"I have no complaints with our performance – the result is irrespective now – but if we play like that for the rest of the season we will be a very hard team to beat."

It was Adrian Clarke's long range effort that flew into the top corner in the 24th minute that forced the Tigers to chase the game before the final killer blow was delivered in the 86th minute by Sam Sodje.

But not for the first time this season Worksop were guilty of spurning their chances in front of goal as neither Paul Sykes, Matty Caudwell nor Chris Beardsley could fire the Tigers into the next round.

Skipper Mark Haran was just one of the Worksop players disappointed with the out come and said: "We struggled in front of goal but, on another night, a few of those chances might have gone in."

"The only way Margate were going to beat us was with two great goals – and that's just what they got."

"You can't fault our efforts tonight. All the lads have their heads down now, but in the morning they will all know they gave a good account of themselves against a Conference side."

"The whole experience has been great for the squad and I have never experienced a better morale at any club I have been with."

"It would have been massive if we had got through but that sort of performance bodes well for the remainder of the season."

Midfielder Sykes added: "We were the better side and any outsider looking at the game would have thought we were the Conference side, not them."