ADAM CASTLE'S Buckland Athletic suffered their first competitive loss of the season exiting the FA Cup after a 3-0 loss against Western League Division One side, Wells City in the competitions Extra Preliminary Round stage, writes Amy Alford.
The defeat was a big disappointment for Athletic but Castle hoped to get back on track in last night's league fixture at Homers Heath against Gillingham Town.
This coming weekend sees Bucks take part in their second away game of the season, travelling to Somerset side, Larkhall Athletic (3pm).
Last campaign saw the Larks defeat Buckland in both league clashes, 3-0 at Homers Heath and 2-0 at Plain Ham.
Castle should have a few members of his squad returning for action next week after Liam Drew and Dan Griffiths were both unavailable for the FA Cup tie and Marc Revell was side-lined after picking up a slight achilles injury.
But striker Gavin Hammon is still recovering from an ankle injury in pre-season and Jordan Lam is yet to make an appearance for the Bucks due to a lengthy knee injury.
Also, Jamie Micklewright is in doubt after being substituted last Saturday due to sustaining a slight ankle injury.
Following last year's successful FA Cup run, Castle had aimed to replicate the success - especially since they were kicking off against a Wells City side propping up the Toolstation Western League Division One.
But shocks happen in the cup and City grabbed a lead seconds before half-time in front of a sparse crowd of just 79 supporters.
Following a defensive mistake by the hosts, Kieran White ran into the box, curling his effort past Kenny Griffiths, who had returned to the squad after a short holiday.
Wells started the second half where they left the first and doubled their lead inside 10 minutes.
Possession was lost by Buckland after an attacking corner was cleared. The Somerset outfit chased down to the other end with Jamie Howson netting.
Fifteen minutes later Wells made it three to finish Buckland's cup dream. Kieran White hit his second of the afternoon from close range after the ball was squared from the left.
City now progress into the next round where they will face Bodmin Town in a fortnight's time.