BRAVE OMJ Black Country Rangers bowed out of the Emirates FA Cup after suffering a slender 1-0 defeat at Northern Premier League side Matlock Town.

The only goal arrived early in the 10th minute when Ryan Qualter escaped the attentions for the Black Country defence to head home from a corner, the ball going in off the underside of the crossbar.

Black Country's cause wasn't helped when they lost goalkeeper Kyle De Garis on the half hour through injury who had to be replaced between the sticks by Harry Sulley.

But Black Country came desperately close to levelling matters on 43 minutes when Mazi Nduna saw his swerving free kick spectacularly tipped over the crossbar by Matlock goalkeeper Rowley.

Black Country came more into the game as the match progressed with Jordan Flattley and Curvin Ellis carving out good chances, but they proved unable to make the breakthrough.

Black Country boss Adam Younis admitted: "We played with the handbrake on in the first half and probably showed Matlock a bit too much respect. In the second half we went more direct and this seemed to cause them problems - but we just couldn't convert.

"I'd like to wish Matlock all the best for the next round. They were welcoming and their hospitality was spot on!

Black Country turn their attentions to the FA Vase this Saturday when they host Rocester at a venue still to be decided.

Dudley Sports entertain fellow West Midland League side Wem Town at Hillcrest Avenue while Dudley Town travel to Heath Hayes.

Cradley Town face a lengthy trip to Shropshire side Ellesmere Rangers while Bewdley Town visit Wolves Sporting Community.

Tividale based Smethwick Rangers open with a tough league fixture against Shifnal Town at Packwood Road.