Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio proud of his players, but slightly disappointed his men could not hold on for a famous win over Doncaster

Goalscorer Courtney Meppen-Walter
Goalscorer Courtney Meppen-Walter

Chorley boss jamie Vermiglio had mixed emotions after his team earned a 2-2 draw Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup first round at Victory Park

The Magpies were just 12 minutes, plus, stoppage time, from dumping the League One outfit out of the competition after goals from Josh O'Keefe and Courtney Meppen-Walter had given them a 2-1 lead.

However, an absolute worldly of a strike from Herbie Kane in the 78th minute rescued Rovers and the two team will have to do it all again in a replay at the Keepmoat Stadium in just over a week's time.

Vermiglio admitted he was thrilled by his team's performance against a team several levels above them in the football pyramid, but there was also disappointment that his men had just missed out on recording a famous victory.

"I have a horrible feeling in my stomach thinking if we could have just held on a little bit, if we could have just stopped that shot or been a bit tighter, we could have been stood here celebrating," Vermiglio said.

"I am feeling a little bit disappointed, but overall I am really pleased with the performance that the boys have put in against a very good side.

"They are one of the better sides that we could have drawn in terms of the way they play their football.

"It has certainly given us confidence that we can go toe-to-toe with team like Doncaster and that on our day, we can give them a good game."

The 2-2 draw means that Chorley will be in the hat for the second round draw and Vermiglio feels that could help his team when the replay takes place at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The draw is scheduled to take place at 7pm on Monday evening.

"If you do get a good draw for the next round, then it makes you think what could be next," he added.

"Likewise, if you get a club which is beatable then you think you have got a really good chance of overcoming them.

"It will be something we will be sitting down and watching to see who we could get."