Plum FA Cup draw for region’s sides

LEISTON have been handed the perfect incentive to beat Dartford in tomorrow night’s FA Cup replay - after the competition minnows were drawn at home to Npower League Two Port Vale.

One of the lowest ranked sides left in the FA Cup, Leiston’s hopes are still alive after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Dartford at Victory Road.

Now if they can upset the odds - Dartford are currently three leagues higher than the Suffolk side - a mouthwatering tie with the Valiants would be waiting for them.

Elsewhere, the region came out well from yesterday’s FA Cup First Round proper draw with Colchester United hosting League Two strugglers Bradford City and Cambridge United at home to League One promotion hopefuls Huddesfield Town.

Fresh from needing another late equaliser to keep themselves in the competition, Chelmsford will be hoping home advantage in tonight’s replay against Carshalton Athletic will prove the difference.

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If it does, City will have a great chance of reaching the Second Round after they were drawn at home to the winners of Hendon or Metropolitan Police.

But it is Leiston that could be hosting one of the ties of the round if they can be victorious tomorrow night.

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Their boss, Mark Morsley, said: “What you want in the first round draw is a full-time professional side at home so we have to be delighted.It could be a fantastic tie and an opportunity for my players to really test themselves.”

The First Round games will be played over the weekend of November 6 and 7.

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