JON Underwood believes that Slough Town were out of luck after a 3-0 defeat on penalties to Hendon in the FA Trophy on Tuesday.

The third qualifying round tie finished 1-1 at Silver Jubilee Park on Saturday and the same result ensued after 120 minutes of football in the replay at Arbour Park.

A goal from Daniel Uchechi gave Hendon the lead before the half-time interval in midweek, but substitute Manny Williams levelled for The Rebels on 87 minutes.

There were no goals in extra time and Hendon held their nerve to win the shoot-out after misses from Matt Lench, James Dobson and Williams.

Speaking to the Observer, The Rebels joint-boss Underwood said: “We’re really disappointed to go out and you could argue that extra time is the last thing we need at the moment, but it is what it is.

“Good luck to Hendon, they took good penalties and we didn’t unfortunately. I don’t want to go overboard on how unlucky we were, but we just felt it didn’t quite happen for us on Tuesday.

“Credit to Hendon, they’re a good side and very dangerous going forward. The two games were evenly matched but they played better on Tuesday than they did on Saturday.

“Over the two games and extra time the team that goes through deserves to, so we make no complaints.

“We’re just a bit disappointed with the way it ended and the way we went out, but there was no faulting our effort.

“There were some players really tired in extra time but thankfully no injuries by the look of it, so we just need to recover now.”

Underwood continued: “In the first 30 minutes we were as good as we’ve been for a long time. Our football was fantastic and we were really unlucky not to be in front.

“We were completely dominant for 30 minutes but then Hendon got their goal and for the rest of the half we deteriorated a little bit. We got a bit sloppy and they caused us a few more problems.

“In the second half we continued to push but Hendon created some good chances as well. For the first 30 minutes in the game we looked the better side but Hendon actually had some good chances.

“We feel a few things did not quite drop for us in the box, a few great balls that ricocheted or dropped to the wrong player, but we had 120 minutes to win the game and we didn’t.”

Looking back on the 1-1 draw on Saturday, Underwood said: “It took us 20 minutes to settle. There pitch is very different to ours, it’s harder to get the ball down and play on, but as the game went on we were the dominant side.

“We went a goal ahead and hit the woodwork three times. We were comfortable but that’s football.

“If we could have just defended that one corner we would have got ourselves through but that is cup football, it swings one way and then the other.

“I’m sure Hendon will feel that over the two games they deserve to go through and we can’t have any complaints.”