King happy to escape with replay

SATISFIED: Brendon King

SATISFIED: Brendon King

First published in Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by

BRENDON King was happy to escape from Totton & Eling with a draw on Saturday.

The Terras’ boss admitted to having ‘a bad feeling’ prior to the FA Cup clash and at 2-1 down it looked like his worst fears were on the verge of being realised.

However, a second-half strike from captain Scott Walker saved the day, setting up a replay at the Bob Lucas Stadium tomorrow night (7.45pm).

Reflecting on the first qualifying round tie, King told Echosport: “We started brightly. Ben Joyce put us in front and we had an awful lot of possession as they crammed nine men behind the ball.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to break them down again and they took advantage by equalising from a corner after we had been a bit sloppy.

“That gave them something to fight for and when they took the lead direct from a free-kick that flew into the top corner early in the second half it was looking like it could be a bad afternoon.

“However, we then made changes and went to 3-4-3 and began to move the ball a lot quicker.

“Eventually we equalised and created a couple more opportunities with their keeper pulling off a couple of great saves.

“Fair play to Totton & Eling, who probably deserved their draw, but the main thing is we are still in the hat and can now look forward to a replay at home tomorrow night.”

Craig Duff missed the game due to family reasons and Kyle Critchell was rested while young Louis Smith was given a spot on the bench.

King added: “Louis was with Yeovil Town for a while and is only 16. He has quite a bit of promise and he was going to travel with us anyway even before Craig pulled out.”

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