BRADFORD Town manager Wayne Throne has taken plenty of positives from his side's FA Cup run despite seeing it come to an end last weekend.

The Bobcats, who have been in superb form so far this season after winning each of their opening four Toolstation League Premier Division fixtures, fell to a 3-0 defeat away at Southern League side Sholing in the FA Cup first qualifying round.

Daniel Mason and Owen Roundell put the hosts 2-0 up at the break before Jack Nicholas added a third goal after the interval.

Saturday's match was a third in the competition this season, with Bradford having already beaten Cheddar and Larkhall Athletic – with the latter playing a tier higher than the Bobcats.

Although disappointed his side could not produce the same level of performance that has already brought them so many good results this season, Thorne has no doubt Bradford remain in a good place.

“We have had some really good wins in the FA Cup this season and beating Larkhall was great," said Thorne.

“Pitting ourselves against a Southern League club – which is where we want to try to get to over the next couple of years – was great in terms of seeing where we are.

“Saturday against Sholing was a much more difficult game. We didn’t perform to the levels that we usually do.

“When you on the road to a Southern League club like that, you need to be at your maximum and we weren’t.

“But that is just a little dent in the good start we have had.

"We have been superb from the get-go and we are all looking onwards and upwards.”

Bradford turn their attentions to another cup competition this weekend when they host Hamble Club at Trowbridge Road in the FA Vase.