Bradford Park Avenue striker Chib Chilaka says him and all his teammates are feeling the pain from Tuesday’s shameful defeat at Nantwich Town.
The Northern Premier League side put five past their opponents from a division higher in the FA Trophy second round replay, and go on to host Stourbridge, just three rounds from Wembley.
Manager Martin Drury was joined by Chilaka in boarding the coach and apologising to fans after the game, and has extended his apology to every Avenue supporter.
“There are no excuses for last night,” he said.
“We simply did not perform to the levels that we aspire to and we as players take full responsibility.
“We are all hurting because we let down ourselves, Dru (Avenue boss Drury), Pricey (Jamie Price, assistant manager) and Schoey (Danny Schofield, player-coach) and most importantly our loyal fans.
“We are all deeply sorry.”
However, Chilaka did point out that the squad have proved they are capable of going on a run, having lost just once in four months between the August Bank Holiday and the Christmas Bank Holiday games.
“We also aware that this is the same team that won 5 games in a row and only lost 2 in 17 games before xmas so the potential, the quality and the graft is there,” the Avenue top-scorer explained.
“We are all desperate for the next game, no hiding, no self pity.
“We want to work hard and finish the season on a high to give everyone something to cheer about and a base to build on for next year.
“We all love this club and will fight tooth and nail to heal the wounds of everyone from last night.
“We ask you all to get behind us, get behind Dru, Pricey and Schoey because we need your faith to get through these tough moments, like you have always done in the past.”