TEAM Solent, the Wessex League's last club standing in last season’s FA Vase, bowed out of the competition 4-0 at Western Premier outfit Bradford Town on Saturday.

The Students suffered a double goalkeeping blow in training with both Bradley Banda – hero of the previous round against Tavistock – and Ben Morella dropping out with calf and thigh injuries respectively.

That left manager James Taylor to don the gloves and the Students got off to an unfortunate start when, with only a minute gone, Taylor dived at an onrushing striker’s feet and, to his dismay, had a penalty awarded against him.

Alex Monks converted and further goals from Matt Morris, Sam Jordan and Pete Sheppard saw the home side through.

But the scoreline only told half the story as Team Solent frittered away a host of chances.

“They got a penalty that was a never a penalty. I dived at the lad’s feet and caught the ball and the ref’s blown and pointed to the spot. It was a bizarre decision,” said Taylor.

“After that we played pretty well first half but missed chance after chance.

“If we'd got one back at 2-0 down, I’m fairly sure we’d have gone on and won the game, but we missed too many good opportunities, which is unlike us.

"Second half it was all one way, but they caught us with a couple of goals when we'd pushed everyone forward.

“We had no Jamal Wiseman in midfield and Curtis Thorn was suspended, but we played well apart from knocking the ball in the net.

"It sounds like a thrashing, but it was our own fault.”