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Witham's FA Cup progress comes at a price
Witham Town booked their place in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup but manager Garry Kimble admits progress has come at a price for his team.
The Ryman League division one north leaders won their preliminary round replay 2-0 at Thurlow Nunn League premier division side Newmarket Town to set up a home tie against Mildenhall Town in the next stage.
Witham and the Jockeys had drawn 0-0 in their opening encounter on Saturday when Kimble had been disappointed with some of his players’ application, but he was much happier at the second time of asking.
However, an injury to winger Tom Wraight and the sending off of midfielder Lewis Godbold will have an effect in forthcoming games.
Kimble said: “It was a very physical game for us.
“Tom Wraight will be out for three to four weeks with ankle ligament damage and Lewis was sent off after 30 minutes because the referee thought he had led with his elbow into a challenge.
“I think he got it wrong, though.
“The lad needed ten stitches where Lew caught him and that’s why the ref showed him the card, but I thought he had put his head down rather than Lew putting his arm up.
“Lew is distraught about it.
“We can’t appeal it, though, and he’ll be a big miss for us when his suspension kicks in as he is such an important player for us.
“We’ll also miss Tom, but I do have players like Kris Newby and Danny Lopes who can slot into that position and I also have James Stevens back available now.”
Witham won at Newmarket with two first-half goals by Jamar Dobson and, despite Godbold’s sending off, they held on their advantage.
Kimble added: “Overall I was very pleased with the boys, especially after we went down to ten men.
“I think my team selection was spot on and Jamar was immense coming into the side.
“Hopefully people have seen he can step up and deserves his place.”
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