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First Team - Match centre

Leiston FC
Crowborough Athletic FC
J Jefford (12'), C Finch (22', 80'), C Henderson (31')
Full time
R Connolly (70'), J Ainsley (87' OG)
Sat 16 Sep 15:00 - Cup Attendance 234

LEISTON PROVE TOO STRONG FOR GALLANT CROWS.

A difference of two divisions proved just too much in the end as the Crows bow out of the FA Cup.

Crows by no means bit-part players.
Both sides played well in a very entertaining encounter at Victory Road yesterday in this FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round tie. Pass and move was very much the play of the day and a desire to keep the ball on the grass by both teams was very evident and with a surface like the one they have at Leiston, then why wouldn't you.
The Bostik Premier side who are playing with confidence from the start to the season they have had started at an awesome pace and were dominant from the kick off, giving very little of the ball to the Crows in the early stages.
Their passing, movement and energy meant that the Crows had to work hard initially to compete for any possession time and to defend their goal but as Crow fans know, something the players are always prepared to do.
In the 12th minute the home side got a reward for their fast start when Jefford put them in front with a towering header from around 6 yards out. At the time one would have to say it was a deserved lead and I'm sure most people were wondering could this be a heavy defeat for the visitors.
However, the Crows never give up and created some good chances, notably Attwood to the fore, making Garnham in the Leiston goal make a couple of good saves. In the 22nd minute 1-0 became 2-0 however, when Finch on the edge of the Crows area had the time turn and fire the ball past Ellis into his left hand corner of the net.
The Crows still kept going but in the 31st minute they scored a third goal, their number 8, Henderson hitting a rasping drive in to the corner of the net from around 20 yards out. He was the class player from the home through the whole game, he always seemed to have time and space and in the right place and right time for them. Personally, I would be disappointed if I were him, I'd be disappointed not to have won the sponsors Man of the Match award, however, that went to Lawrence.
The second half started with the Crows 3-0 down and it would be natural to think that it could be a heavy defeat in the offering for the Crows. It soon became clear though the the away side had different ideas and they started to dominate possession and create good chances. Again Attwood was in good form and was testing the Leiston defence along with Carrington and Connolly.
It was Connolly who got the goal the Crows deserved, a curling effort from the edge of the area in to the top corner, giving the home stopper no chance therefore, it was 3-1.
The next goal was going to be crucial, at 3-2 the Crows would be right back in it, 4-1 then the home side would feel they're home and dry. Sadly for the Crows the home side got the next goal as Finch gave Ellis no chance with a left foot finish in to the roof of the net from the edge of the area.
Still the Crows never gave up, kept going and in the end got a second goal in bizarre circumstances when Ainsley, a home side centre back, hit a back pass to Garnham from the edge of the Leiston area which seemed to be missed by the home stopper and it gently rolled in the net despite his diving effort, so it became the final score.
In added-on time the Crows had one more chance, substitute Pearson having a header cleared off the line.
The Crows Man of the Match went to Zac Attwood for his all round display and effort in all areas.

Key moments

12:00
Goal Joe Jefford scores for Leiston FC
22:00
Goal Christy Finch scores for Leiston FC
31:00
Goal Chris Henderson scores for Leiston FC
70:00
Goal Reece Connolly scores for Crowborough Athletic FC
80:00
Goal Christy Finch scores for Leiston FC
87:00
Own Goal Jack Ainsley scores an own goal

Highlights

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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Zac Attwood is awarded player of the match for Crowborough Athletic FC
90:00 +1:00 Blocked Shot
Tom Pearson has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic FC
89:59 Saved Shot
Zac Attwood has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic FC
87:00 Own Goal 4 - 2
Jack Ainsley scores an own goal
84:00 Yellow Card
Patrick Brothers is yellow carded for Leiston FC
83:00 Saved Shot
Gianfranco Mici has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic FC
82:00 Sub Off
Sam Carrington is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic FC
82:00 Sub On
Gianfranco Mici is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic FC
80:00 Goal 4 - 1
Christy Finch scores for Leiston FC
79:00 Sub Off
Reece Connolly is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic FC
79:00 Sub On
Tom Pearson is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic FC
72:00 Sub Off
Lewis Unwin is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic FC
72:00 Sub On
Connor Pring is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic FC
70:00 Goal 3 - 1
Reece Connolly scores for Crowborough Athletic FC
69:00 Sub Off
Dominic Docherty is substituted off for Leiston FC
69:00 Sub On
Patrick Brothers is substituted on for Leiston FC
68:00 Missed Shot
Chris Henderson misses a shot for Leiston FC
66:00 Sub Off
Joe Jefford is substituted off for Leiston FC
66:00 Sub On
Robert Eagle is substituted on for Leiston FC
66:00 Saved Shot
Christy Finch has a shot saved for Leiston FC
58:00 Saved Shot
Reece Connolly has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic FC
56:00 Saved Shot
Zac Attwood has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic FC
52:00 Saved Shot
Sam Carrington has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic FC
End of period 1
37:00 Missed Shot
James White misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic FC
31:00 Goal 3 - 0
Chris Henderson scores for Leiston FC
29:00 Saved Shot
Chris Henderson has a shot saved for Leiston FC
28:00 Saved Shot
Jack Ainsley has a shot saved for Leiston FC
27:00 Missed Shot
Zac Attwood misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic FC
26:00 Missed Shot
Dominic Docherty misses a shot for Leiston FC
22:00 Goal 2 - 0
Christy Finch scores for Leiston FC
16:00 Missed Shot
Sam Carrington misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic FC
15:00 Saved Shot
Zac Attwood has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic FC
13:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Ellis is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic FC
12:00 Goal 1 - 0
Joe Jefford scores for Leiston FC
2:00 Missed Shot
Seb Dunbar misses a shot for Leiston FC
2:00 Missed Shot
Christy Finch misses a shot for Leiston FC
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Leiston FC
  • Crowborough Athletic FC
  • 0
  • Joe Jefford Goal 12:00'
  • Daniel Ellis Yellow Card 13:00'
  • Christy Finch Goal 22:00'
  • Chris Henderson Goal 31:00'
  • Joe Jefford Sub Off 66:00'
  • Robert Eagle Sub On 66:00'
  • Dominic Docherty Sub Off 69:00'
  • Patrick Brothers Sub On 69:00'
  • Reece Connolly Goal 70:00'
  • Lewis Unwin Sub Off 72:00'
  • Connor Pring Sub On 72:00'
  • Reece Connolly Sub Off 79:00'
  • Tom Pearson Sub On 79:00'
  • Christy Finch Goal 80:00'
  • Sam Carrington Sub Off 82:00'
  • Gianfranco Mici Sub On 82:00'
  • Patrick Brothers Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Jack Ainsley Own Goal 87:00'
  • Zac Attwood Player of the Match 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Ellis, Daniel Ellis, Daniel
White, James White, James
Turner, Jack Turner, Jack
Tear, Dan Tear, Dan
Clarke, Wayne Clarke, Wayne
Crabb, Sam Crabb, Sam
Muggeridge, Henry Muggeridge, Henry
Unwin, Lewis Unwin, Lewis
Carrington, Sam Carrington, Sam
Attwood, Zac Attwood, Zac
Connolly, Reece Connolly, Reece
Crowborough Athletic FC
Leiston FC
  • 1. Marcus Garnham
  • 2. Joe Marsden
  • 3. Seb Dunbar
  • 4. Jack Ainsley
  • 5. Joe Jefford
  • 6. Tom Bullard
  • 7. Byron Lawrence
  • 8. Chris Henderson
  • 9. Matt Blake
  • 10. Christy Finch
  • 11. Dominic Docherty
  • 12. Patrick Brothers
  • 13. Robert Eagle
  • 14. Regan Pelling
  • 15. Sam Ford
  • 16. Saker
  • 17. Adam Blades
  • 18. Harry Lay-Fulcher

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