Battling Leiston Earn Replay
Leiston 0 Fleetwood 0SUPER Leiston made sure that their name will be in the draw for the FA Cup second round after a tremendous display against Fleetwood gained them a goalless draw and a replay in the north west in 10 days time.
FA CUP FIRST ROUND
Leiston 0 Fleetwood 0
SUPER Leiston made sure that their name will be in the draw for the FA Cup second round after a tremendous display against Fleetwood gained them a goalless draw and a replay in the north west in 10 days time.
And don't be fooled, Leiston thoroughly deserved this after making their Blue Square North opponents battle for every ball in a cracking atmosphere at Victory Road.
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Even the temporary concern that the floodlights were going to fail after a temporary glitch couldn't spoil or worry a Leiston side who battled to a man.
Fleetwood had corners running into double figures in the first half as they used the wind to their advantage but it was a different story in the second and when Pond was send off for Fleetwood with 25 minutes to go Leiston piled on the pressure.
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Playing with the wind in the first half Fleetwood dominated possession and a succession of corners saw Stannard have to be in good form throughout.
It took until the 11th minute before Leiston created anything, Wardley getting to the bye-line and McGlone just got ahead of his defender but put the ball wide.
Stannard made a stunning save from a Mercer header and on the half hour Eagle volleyed over after good work by David Head.
It was certainly Fleetwood's half but most of their chances had been from set pieces and it was Leiston who went in the happier at half time.
Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon sent his players out early for the second half obviously with his words still ringing in their ears but it was Leiston who enjoyed a good portion of the second half with the wind at their backs.
On 48 minutes a Wardley free kick saw Simon Head shoot over and Saker's cross was dangerous but failed to find a Leiston attacker.
Fleetwood were reduced to 10 men in the 63rd minute when Pond was sent off for a crude challenge on Chenery.
It left the team from just outside Blackpool having to play the last 25 minutes with 10 men and it was only breakaway attacks they now threatened Leiston with.
McGlone had the ball in the back of the net but there was an offside flag and the same player won a free kick after showing strength with 15 minutes to go. It was in a dangerous position but Wardley's kick was poor.
Leiston were doing all the pressing as the minutes ticked by completely belying the fact they were three rungs lower in the non-league pyramid than their visitors.
Wardley took a corner in the 86th minute but Hurst claimed well in a crowded area.
In the dying seconds a corner from Saker hit the post and from another corner the ball flashed inches wide of the far post.
It was so close for a dramatic winner for the home side but they will look forward to the replay and with much justification will feel they could well complete the job.
Man of the Match: Mark Goldfinch (Leiston)