Smith on target again as Lewes advance in Cup
Jonté Smith, the Lewes striker, netted his sixth goal of the season in his team’s 2-1 home triumph over Kings Langley in an FA Cup second qualifying round replay yesterday.
The Bermudian gave the home side the lead at The Dripping Pan from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute after the visiting goalkeeper was penalised for a foul in the box.
James Hammond then doubled Lewes’s lead in the 49th minute from a free kick, which drifted in at the far post.
Callum Adebiyi pulled one back for Kings Langley two minutes later with a header from a corner to set up a tight finish. But Smith and his team-mates held on to ensure that their team’s name goes into the hat for the draw for the next qualifying round of the prestigious competition.
“We’re all happy to be in the next round and we’re going to give everything we have in this competition,” an elated Smith told The Royal Gazette.
“It was a tough game. Both teams gave it everything they had but in the end I felt we were deserved winners.”
Smith, who has scored in his last four appearances for Lewes, was named as man of the match after putting in another solid shift.
“Every single player gave their all and, if I’m honest, they could have given the man of the match to any one of our players,” he said. “But I’m thankful to have received it.”
Lewes and Kings Langley played to a 1-1 draw at Gayward Park in the initial cup tie at the weekend, with Smith on target for his 50th goal in 96 appearances for his club.
“I’m pleased to reach this milestone with Lewes FC,” Smith said. “It’s a big achievement for me and hopefully there’s many more to come.”
Lewes are away to Bath in the next round with Smith bullish about his team’s chances for success.
“We know that they’re a big team doing well in the league above us,” he said. “We’re a confident team and we believe we can go there and get a result.
“We will receive our report on them shortly and know everything we need to.”
Yesterday’s replay is Lewes’s second straight in the competition. They prevailed against Farnborough in a penalty shoot-out win at home in the first qualifying round replay this month, with Smith opening the scoring in the 37th minute before the visiting side hit back through Connor Calcutt in the 69th minute to send the tie to extra time.
Lewes won the shoot-out 4-1, with Smith among the scorers.
Smith missed the initial tie, a 2-2 draw, because he was on international duty for Bermuda in the Concacaf Nations League qualifiers.
He played in the island’s 3-1 defeat by Aruba in Curaçao, scoring from a goalmouth scramble to make it 2-1.
The FA Cup is the oldest football competition in the world. The first six rounds are the qualifying competition, from which 32 teams progress to the first round of the competition proper, where they meet lower-level teams from the Football League.
Premier League and Sky Bet Championship clubs enter the draw in the third round. Chelsea are the present holders.
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