UPDATED: Leiston handed home draw in FA Trophy
LEISTON will be at home in the Third Round Qualifying of the FA Trophy - if they can overcome Metropolitan Police in a replay tomorrow night.
The Suffolk side will be at home to Hampton & Richmond Borough, who currently top the Premier Division of the Ryman League, on Saturday, November 10.
However, they first have to overcome Met Police in tomorrow’s Second Round Qualifying replay, with manager Mark Morsley saying his side will travel “full of confidence” after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Victory Road.
Morsley said: “It was an excellent game and I thoroughly enjoyed it and at the end of the day a draw was probably the right result. In the first half they (Met Police) were much better but we improved greatly after the break and were the better side. We will travel to the replay full of confidence.”
Met Police Manager Jim Cooper, whose side host League One Crawley Town in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup this coming Saturday, said: “It was an entertaining game but I think some of my players have got one eye on next week’s big FA Cup game.
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“We started okay but Leiston finished strongly. We could do without the replay but we want to do well in this cup so we’ll be looking for the win on Tuesday.”
Leiston defender Joe Jefford, who was man-of-the-match said: “For a change we started well but we conceded at a bad time just before the break. I think in the replay they will be cautious with their big game coming up. If we play like we have been then we’ll fancy our chances.
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Leiston scorer Danny Thrower added: “Our performances are a massive improvement from the start of the season and we now see draws as disappointments. My goal was an opportunist strike and hopefully we will be more potent in front of goal in the replay.”
The replay means that Leiston’s scheduled Ryman League Premier Division match against Bury Town at Ram Meadow tomorrow night has been postponed.
Leiston will receive �3,250 if they win tomorrow night, with the winners of the Third Qualifying Round ties picking up �4,000 each.
FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round draw (selected ties): Chelmsford City v Dover Athletic, Leiston or Metropolitan Police v Hampton & Richmond Borough, Histon v Boreham Wood, King’s Lynn Town v Eastbourne Borough.
Ties scheduled to be played on Saturday, November 10.