Bramble doubtful for cup replay

LEISTON striker Tesfaye Bramble admitted he is a major doubt ahead of tomorrow night's FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay against Lewes.

Nick Garnham

LEISTON striker Tesfaye Bramble admitted he is a major doubt ahead of tomorrow night's FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay against Lewes.

Bramble, who limped out of Saturday's tie at Victory Road after just 18 minutes, said: “I got a kick on the ankle and it has ballooned up to three times its normal size. I must be very doubtful for Tuesday.”

Carl Chenery, the Leiston manager, had mixed emotions after seeing his side hold their Blue Square Premier opponents. Maybe we didn't quite believe in ourselves enough at times.


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“We should have played on the front foot more and put them under more pressure, but having said that everyone worked their socks off and to come back from 1-0 down and get a draw you would have taken that before the game against a side from the Conference.

“We knew they would give us problems which we would have to deal with if we were going to get through to the next round, but we handled them well.”

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Lewes manager Kevin Keehan said: “I was disappointed with us defensively, but I felt on the chances we created we should have shaded it.

“They scored a fluke goal and it gave them a big lift and it took us a while to get to grips with that.

“When we made our changes I felt we got on top and we had three or four decent opportunities to win the tie.” Leiston chairman Andy Crisp said: “I thought we played very well, but their fitness showed towards the end of the game and we deserve credit for hanging in there and getting a draw.

“Hopefully we can cause a shock on Tuesday night.

“Thanks to everyone at the club - the committee and the staff - for making it a successful day in front of our best-ever crowd.”

Martin Head, chief executive of Suffolk FA, whose son David was man of the match, said: “It was a really enjoyable game, and Leiston deserve credit for fighting back.

“It will be a difficult match away from home, but I am sure they will respond and give it their best shot.

“I thought Lewes played some excellent football and it was a good day all round.”

Leiston will be running a supporters' coach to tomorrow night's replay. The cost of a seat will be £10 and supporters should book early as there is a lot of interest.

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