Byrne pride despite Barton’s FA Cup exit

Alex Condon
Alex Condon

Barton Rovers joint boss Wes Byrne paid tribute to his side after they went out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 defeat against Canvey Island on Saturday.

The visitors scored the only goal of the game through John Sands after half an hour, with Rovers denied what looked like a clear penalty when Keshi Anderson’s shot was handled on the goal-line.

Byrne said: “We have to move on very quickly and take pride out of what we have achieved on this FA Cup run.

“It was a very tough physical game which at times exploded with some heated exchanges between players as expected in such a high profile FA Cup clash.

“We came off the pitch very disappointing at losing the game but felt that we had done enough to earn a replay at least with us by far creating more opportunities on goal,

“It was nice to see Ben Sawyer playing more like I know he can, running at players and causing problems and as always Tony Burnett was a great up front.”

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