Newport Pagnell Town’s crashed out of the FA Cup after losing 2-1 to Kings Langley on Saturday, but the road to Wembley is still wide open.
The Preliminary Round exit hopefully won’t live long in the memory though as they begin their FA Vase campaign this Saturday.
Defender Dean Buss put the Swans ahead at Kings Langley’s Gaywood Park in the 13th minute after fellow centre-back John Thorpe hooked a deep corner back into the danger zone.
But a stunning equaliser from Lee Burgoyne pulled Kings Langley level 12 minutes later, firing the ball into the far corner.
The home side could have gone in at the break ahead, but despite their dominance, couldn’t quite get their noses in front.
Regrouping at half time, Newport had the better of the play in the second half, having one effort cleared off the line and coming close on a number of occasions.
Kings Langley looked dangerous on the break though, making for a thrilling 45 minutes of football.
But Swans’ hearts were broken with seven minutes to go, a Danny Hutchins’ corner was headed on by Callum Adebiyi and Adam Hallissey’s downward header found the net from close range to put Kings Langley into the next round.
The road to Wembley doesn’t end for Darren Lynch’s men though, as they begin a new campaign in the FA Vase First Qualifying Round on Saturday against lower-league opponents Langford.