Longridge Town boss Lee Ashcroft was philosophical after watching his side exit the Lancashire Shield on Saturday.
In a battle of the West Lancashire League Premier Division’s top two sides, Town lost 4-2 on penalties to Blackpool Wren Rovers following a 1-1 draw.
It was a game where Town lost Kieran Walmsley in the fourth minute, taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm.
For good measure, they also lost Alex Randell to a red card in the second half after he collected two bookings.
Having trailed to Carl Eastwood’s 75th minute goal for Wrens, Town at least gave themselves a chance of joining Garstang in the last eight when Joe Melling equalised with the final kick of the game.
However, Conor Linighan and Ash Ball missed in the shootout with Wrens scoring all of their attempts from 12 yards.
Ashcroft admitted: “We weren’t at our best, the loss of Kieran so early was a huge blow, but this was a competition that we were keen to do well in.
“This is the second year running that we’ve gone out on penalties, and I’m disappointed for the supporters more than anything else as they travelled in good numbers again to show their support.’’
“The officials probably spoiled it a bit as a spectacle, for both sides, players, management and support alike but we probably didn’t do enough to win the game in 90 minutes to be fair.”
Town are in Richardson Cup action on Saturday when they travel to Vickerstown for the first of three consecutive trips to Cumbria.
They travel back to Vickerstown seven days later before heading to Whitehaven on November 12.