SOUTH OF SCOTLAND CHALLENGE CUP
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ROYALISTS boss Graeme Chadwick admitted his players were ‘devastated’ after Saturday’s mauling at the hands of the students from Stirling,
And he hoping they can consign it to the history books and get back to league business.
Chadwick said: “Our bread and butter is the league and that’s what we’re concentrating on.
“I wish we could’ve played another game on the Sunday. The guys were devastated, they know they let themselves down.
“Stirling are a good side, but we showed them far too much respect. We started well and the scary thing is we had two or three decent chances. If we’d scored then, the game might have had a different complexion.
“But when we went 1-0 down we just caved in.”
The Albert travelled north without eleven first team players, with five cup tied, three suspended and three injured.
And their bench was made up of players also carrying knocks.
Still they battled hard in the opening exchanges and the scoreline was level until the 18th minute when Stirling opened their account.
The hosts went on to net a further four times in the first-half and when they scored straight after the interval, Royalists were staring into the abyss.
Young talisman Declan Hogg pulled a goal back for Chadwick’s side but it was all one way traffic as free-scoring Stirling racked up 13 goals by the final whistle.
Chadwick added: “If there is a positive to be taken from the match it’s that we didn’t get a single yellow card, which is great considering our recent poor disciplinary record.”