**FROLESWORTH UNITED 2–4 (AET) SUNBURY UNITED**
FROLESWORTH United suffered a taste of their own medicine after their cup heroics last week, as they were dumped out of the Billy Walton Cup after slipping to an embarrassing extra-time defeat at the hands of lowly Sunbury United.
Manager Ben Harris and his temporary assistant Jordan Halford were both absent from the Warren, with the latter travelling with co-owners Glynde Albion to their 1-1 draw in the Lewes and District Division One top-of-the-table clash with White Hart.
Harris meanwhile, living just 43 miles away in nearby Nottingham, left his team in the lurch just minutes before kick-off, handing the reins over to major shareholder and left-back Josh Baines.
Baines’ attempts to keep the faith with the side that put Premier Division strugglers Glenfield Town to the sword at Gynsil Lane last Sunday were scuppered, as he was forced to make three changes.
Frolesworth welcomed back club captain Joe Cook in place of the unavailable and in-from Greg Garner on the right hand side after he was dropped to the bench against Glenfield and Adam Tester replaced Steven Bottom, with Mark James returning at the back for Martin Fennon.
Alongside Halford, exiled an incredible 175-miles away on the south coast, Harris has accumulated seven points from a possible 12 so far this season and also masterminded one of, if not the best performance in the club’s history last weekend.
But it was certainly a case of one step forward and two steps back for United as Harris grimly admitted after the news had been broken unto him that he “thought we had turned the corner,” and centre-half Jack Boulton described the display as, "the worst performance i've witnessed in a Frolesworth shirt."
Sam Palmer gave the Division One outfit the lead after pouncing on a loose ball as early as the sixteenth minute and Joe Cook rewarded the faith shown in him by lashing home a second just past the half an hour mark.
But Frolesworth, buoyed by injuries after Miles Splevings was withdrawn at the break and having been left in disarray by their management staff crumbled in the second period as the Division Three minnows sent the game into extra-time and Frolesworth’s miserable afternoon was complete as they shipped a further two in extra-time to slip to defeat.
The Clarets have ultimately undone all of the hard-work and progress made against Glenfield last week and Harris and Halford will be looking for a desperate response as they travel to Brighton Avenue next Sunday, to face Leicester Sunday League Division One contenders Countesthorpe Windows in Round Two of the FA Intermediate Cup.
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