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Witham boss has food for thought ahead of big FA Cup fixture
The action that he manage to see on Tuesday has given Witham Town boss Garry Kimble things to think about as he ponders his team selection for tomorrow’s FA Cup second qualifying round tie at Hemel Hempstead Town.
Witham’s Ryman League division one north game at local rivals Maldon and Tiptree was abandoned after 65 minutes due to heavy fog at Park Drive.
And while his team were trailing 1-0 when the game was called off, Kimble had been impressed by what he had seen from them.
He opted to field a dynamic-looking attack and the chances they had created left Kimble with some thinking to do ahead of the trip to Hertfordshire, however, there was one significant down side from the game being called off.
Kimble said: “The way we played has given me food for thought for how we’ll line-up on Saturday, but the one bad thing about the game being called off is that we now won’t have Lewis Godbold for the FA Cup game.
“That’s a shame for the lad.
“He’s still suspended because this game, which would have been the last one of his three-match ban, won’t now count.
“I do feel sorry for him, but the league has to be our priority really.”
Like they were for Witham’s previous FA Cup game against Mildenhall Town, the BT Sport television cameras will be covering tomorrow’s fixture, but Kimble isn’t anticipating an easy time against the Calor Southern League premier division leaders.
When asked for his thoughts on Saturday’s opponents, he said: “One word – decent.
“I’ve been looking at their reports and in every one they could have won by eight or nine goals so it’s going to be a tall order.
“They lost their first game and have then won the last eight in the league. “But we’ll go there to enjoy the day and try to get a result.
“The BT Sport cameras will be there again, but there’s no pressure on us.
“We have done well to get this far.
“We’ve been favourites in the last two games, but we are the under dogs this time.
“There should be a big crowd as they have been getting over 600 for league games, so with it being the FA Cup and having the TV cameras there, it could be 700 to 800.
“That won’t do us any harm as we get half of the gate receipt in the FA Cup so we’ll just go there and enjoy it.”
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