Deputy Sports Editor Russell Claydon spoke to Halstead goalkeeper Jack Cherry following Saturday’s 3-0 FA Vase defeat, on a day when Long Melford and Cornard United also went out.
Halstead were made to pay for not taking their chances as Team Bury, who were reduced to 10 men in the 51st minute when captain Phil Weavers was given a straight red, went on to score three second-half goals.
David Lampshire and Liam Wales scored in a four-minute spell four minutes after the dismissal before Joji Kawaguchi added a third from range with their goalkeeper Stephen Fenner pulling off two excellent late saves from Andy Joslin and Lee Hurkett late on.
Elsewhere in the second qualifying round of the competition, Cornard United narrowly exited 2-1 at home to Great Yarmouth Town, while Long Melford lost 4-0 at Hullbridge Sports.
Hadleigh United were given a bye after last year’s run to the quarter finals and rescued a deserved point with 10 men at home to Gorleston in a 2-2 draw.
James Blades scored an injury-time equaliser after the home side had seen Duane Wright sent off in the 55th minute with Josh Mayhew having put Hadleigh ahead.
AFC Sudbury should have had all three points at home to Erith and Belvedere but were held to a 1-1 draw after leading through James Baker’s 22nd minute opener at half-time before a controversial equaliser in the 59th minute with Michael Shinn down injured.
The Sudbury midfielder was booked for simulation but is definitely out of Tuesday night’s home game to Burnham Ramblers, while Hadleigh travel to Brightlingsea Regent, Halstead host Cornard and Melford entertain Stowmarket (all 7.45pm).
In the Sky Bet Championship Ipswich Town lost 2-0 at FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic with a goal in each half coming from Ryan Shotton and Nick Powell.
Mick McCarthy’s side were frustrated by an outstanding display by Wigan goalkeeper Scott Carson.
* For a full round-up of local sports results, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.