Latest result: FA Cup Fourth qualifying round
Crawley 2 Lewes 3
What an afternoon at Crawley. I said before the game that if all the players performed well on the day we would have a chance of getting through. We did, and we have and I’m immensely proud of all the lads. We have a team here that’s capable of performing in the Conference National - most of the players already have - and the truth is we took Crawley apart. We could have got four or five goals in the second half. I was taken aback when I saw who the referee was for the game. He was the one who officiated the Weymouth game, and reported me for abusive language. This eventually led to my touchline ban, though it could have been so much worse. I’m not going to comment on his performance, but I think that their goalkeeper should have been sent off in the third minute. Siggy rounded him, and would have had a clear shot at goal, but was knocked over. The rules say red card: the ref said that he felt that Siggy was running away from goal. Boothy took a superb pen, coolly sending the keeper the wrong way and slotting it in. He’s a big game player.
We were more or less in control after that: I could see that the only way they were going to get a goal was through a mistake, and that’s how it happened. Danny Crane came out for a cross, but his punch wasn’t decisive enough and he hit it straight into their striker. It fell to another guy whose shot was going wide, but Gary Holloway, running back to cover, put it into his own net.Then Boothy scored a goal which they would be playing over and over again if it had been on Match of the Day. He picked the ball up in his own half, ran at the defence, made a bit of space for himself, and thumped the ball into the net. A quality goal from a quality striker.