SHELL-SHOCKED FC United boss Karl Marginson urged the Rebels to learn a harsh lesson after seeing them crash out of the Moore and Co Solicitors League Division Two Trophy.
Marginson's men made an unexpected quarter-final exit when visiting Nelson, who'd lost their previous game 14-0, stunned all but a handful of the 3,007 Gigg Lane crowd into silence by snatching a last-gasp extra-time winner.
The 1-0 defeat - only FC United's third all season - leaves them free to concentrate on wrapping up the title, with their lead now down to 11 points and all the teams beneath them having at least a game in hand.
Marginson said: "Fair play to Nelson, they set their stall out for a draw and ended up winning, but hopefully it will remind us we don't have a divine right to win matches.
"We're disappointed, but we now have 14 cup finals ahead of us in the league, starting with Saturday's trip to Chorley to meet Daisy Hill. We've responded well to our previous losses and I expect us to do the same this time. "
FC United dominated possession without creating many clear-cut chances and, when they did find a way through Nelson's resolute defence, Adie Orr saw his 105th minute effort flagged offside.