The FA Cup is a chance for non-league clubs to dream, but for Lancaster City this became a nightmare.
Lancaster City crashed out of the second qualifying round after a 5-0 defeat by Spennymoor Town.
There was a buzz at the Giant Axe before the game, with locals starting to hope an FA Cup run would go down in the club’s history.
But it wasn’t to be as the cup exit led to a lost opportunity for Lancaster City and it’s bank balance.
The competition offers a chance for some non-league teams to gain the funds they need in order to survive for another day, for others it’s the chance to push on to the next level.
The price money available for a win in the second qualifying round was £6,750 – with the losers picking up £2,250 – meaning the Dolly Blue missed out on £4,500.
But manager Mark Fell is still able to see the positives.
“The prize money is slightly better, so financially there is a little boost for the club.”
The footballing perspective of the cup exit was also taken as a positive by Fell, as he highlighted the progress of his side after last season’s cup exit to Trafford.
“12 months ago we were out in the first qualifying round, so we’re a stage better than that.
“I wanted to try and get a decent result today to take us forward, but we’ve got the Lancashire Cup which is a competition I want to do well in.”
With the focus now turning to the Lancashire FA County Cup, Lancaster City travel to Squires Gate on Tuesday in what is a another opportunity to add some silverware to the trophy cabinet.