VIRGINIA Water are out of the FA Vase after a 3-1 defeat away at Malmesbury Victoria in the second qualifying round on Saturday.

A Shane Bumphrey brace gave Malmesbury, from Hellenic Division One West, a clear lead heading into the break at the Flying Monk Ground.

The Waters pulled a goal back through Finn Evered after the restart, but the hosts secured the win with a Sam Parker strike.

Virginia Water manager Ceri Jones admitted to the Observer: “We didn’t perform on the day and the best side won. Malmesbury were completely prepared and weren’t.

“We conceded a couple of contentious goals but take nothing away from them, they were up for the battle.

“It was a bruising encounter and we suffered a few injuries, but nothing serious.

“We found it a tall order but still had opportunities to win.

“We had some real dubious decisions not go our way, but credit to Malmesbury because they were more up for the battle and deserved the victory.”

He added: “Step five has double the amount of football matches and it takes its toll. We’re finding it quite hard to adjust to playing three times a week.

“We don’t have any depth to the squad and, when you’re missing six or seven regular starters, it becomes tough.”

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