Leiston manager Glenn Driver on side being drawn away again in FA Trophy

Leiston manager Glenn Driver

Leiston manager Glenn Driver - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ryman Premier duo Needham Market and AFC Sudbury have been handed home draws in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy.

The Marketmen, who overcame Ryman North’s bottom side Wroxham in the first round on Saturday, will host divisional rivals Harrow Borough, or Ryman South side Herne Bay.

AFC Sudbury, who defeated Bowers & Pitsea 4-0, will entertain Romford, struggling in Ryman North, while Ryman Premier leaders Leiston have been drawn away to Southern League Premier Division outfit, Chippenham Town.

Brightlingsea Regent, of Ryman North, host Harlow Town.

Commenting on the draw, Glenn Driver, whose Leiston side were 5-0 winners against Hendon, at Victory Road on Saturday, said: “It’s a killer, after the long away trip to Westfields in the FA Cup.

“They are third for a reason in their league and we are first for a reason in our league so I am sure it is going to be a good game.

“We know it will be tough, but I am sure Chippenham will be thinking the same about us.

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“I don’t know anything about Chippenham really, or the Southern Premier, but we do not have a game this weekend so I might take the opportunity to find out where they are playing and go and watch their game.

“You can’t just expect to turn up to a game and win. We will leave no stone unturned.”

The Blues were knocked out of the FA Cup last month, Midlands Premier League side Westfields winning 2-1 to set up a First Round Proper clash with National League North side, Curzon Ashton.

And the Herefordshire side are getting their moment in the sun this week with the BBC set to feature the club on both Football Focus and Match of the Day.

“The defeat is still very raw,” said Driver.

“It’s the kind of defeat you think about for the rest of your career, until you get the chance to put it right.

“The BBC always feature a team and that’s been Westfields this time.

“They have got a great opportunity to win the game and get into the second round and I hope they do.”

A total of 36 FA Trophy games will be played be played on Saturday 26 November.

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