BOSS Tom Killick labelled Poole Town’s FA Cup heartbreak against Hayes & Yeading as a "failure" that his charges "will probably remember forever".

With Monday’s draw producing a mouth-watering home tie against League One Oxford United for the winners of this replay, 1,066 people packed into the Black Gold Stadium, only to see Dolphins slump to a lacklustre 3-2 defeat.

Marvin Brooks struck to see Poole level the game in the first half, and while goalkeeper Luke Cairney popped up to net for the hosts late on, the game was already gone.

Poole, who have not reached the first round since 1983, led the original tie 1-0 against 10 man Hayes on Saturday, only to concede a stoppage time equaliser which forced tonight's replay.

Discussing the missed opportunity of reaching the first round, Killick told the Daily Echo: “I don’t think we’ll get a better chance than that. It’s very unlikely we’ll play another team in our league with home advantage tonight and a numerical advantage for 86 minutes on Saturday.

“When you factor those into the two matches we’ve had, we’ll never get a better opportunity than that."

Kick-off was delayed by approximately 15 minutes due to floodlight failure delayed, before the same problem forced players off after just nine minutes.

Power was restored, with neither side truly controlling proceedings – Poole enjoyed the majority of possession, but Hayes looked more of a threat going forward.

Despite being thwarted by two fine Cairney stops, the away side took the lead from a corner. Joe Grant popped up at the back post to give Hayes a slender lead in a confusing first half.

Their lead wouldn’t last long as Dolphins finally made it click in the final third with Brooks slipping in Cherries youngster Jake Cope, who tried his luck.

He found his effort well saved by Jack Smith, but Brooks arrived on time to fire into the roof of the net and restore parity.

But the eventful game had another twist in it before the break, when James Clark sent a fine volley past Cairney to restore the away side’s lead.

Any plans of a second-half fightback were shot down instantly after the break, when Toby Little was given far too much time and space to make it 3-1 on 48 minutes.

Dolphins’ only response was to float multiple crosses into the away side’s box, and barring a few goalmouth scrambles, the hosts couldn’t unlock Hayes.

Into added time goalkeeper Cairney took it upon himself to burst into the opposition box, arriving in time to recover the ball and curl his effort into the back of the net.

But that was the end of the late drama, with Poole running out of time.

"It’s painful for me to admit it, but Hayes deserve to be in the next round," said Killick.

"It’s not any easy thing for me to admit, but I have to. They deserved it over two games.

“We just weren’t good enough in all aspects. All three goals conceded were horrific from our point of view. It’s just dreadful to concede those goals.

"Myself and the players are in this together, and we have to live with this failure.

“It’s probably something we will remember forever in terms of our footballing life. We can’t dwell on it now, because there’s games to be played and things to be aimed for.”

Poole: Cairney, Dickson, Leslie-Smith (Bedford, 70), Spetch, Whisken, Dennett, Carmichael, Moore, Baker, Brooks, Cope (Tavares, 68)

Unused subs: Smeeton, Gleditsch, Jackson, Richardson, Phillips (g/k).