ADAM Hinshelwood conceded it will take a while for his hurting side to get over their cup drubbing at the hands of Peacehaven on Monday night.
The former Brighton and Hove Albion defender missed out at the chance to take his team to the Amex – a place he never got to play due to injury forcing early retirement.
But the Rebels boss admitted the round had no bearing on the impact after such a heavy defeat. He said: “Any time you lose 6-1 it’s tough to take, whether it’s the semi-final or first round. It’s going to take a while to get over it.
“We will hurt for a while, but we need to get back to working hard at training on Thursday and prepare for the next game.
“They are a good team and it’s fine margins, really. When we were fighting back we had some great chances to make it 3-2 and had we taken them we might have got back into it. T
“They got the first two goals which were poor to concede for us and you cannot give those opportunities like that, if you do, you’ll always make it hard for yourself.”
Rebels’ young side were always against it, but Hinshelwood has seen positives for the future from his youthful team this season. He added: “Both Chris (Cook) and Greg (Gander) at right-back did well. I don’t think they have done much wrong at all, but we have let in six goals. All the youth players that have come in have played well. I have been impressed and things are definitely looking bright on that side.
“They are learning a lot and hopefully they can come back stronger.”