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Leeds get through FA first round replay

After a dowdy draw against Northampton Town, Leeds got back on track with an overwhelming 5-2 victory in the replay. The vigor and spirit that Northhampton showed at Leeds was absent and in its place was a lethargic, error prone contest that surely would leave their manager Stuart Gray fuming.

Man of the match, Jermaine Beckford scored the first of his three goals thirteen minutes after the start, with David Prutton providing a perfect set-up against what appeared to be a practice ground defense by the Cobblers. Two minutes before the half-hour mark Jonny Howson's drive took a heavy deflection past a diving Mark Hughes and into the goal to make it 2-0. The theme of the day seemed etched in stone as young Ben Parker sent a long-range effort that should have easily been handed, skipped into the net past Northhampton 'keeper Frank Fielding to bring the score 3-0. However the home crowd, cleverly disguised as empty seats, were rewarded with a brilliant header off a Danny Jackman's corner by Jason Crowe as he charged into the box. With the score 3-1, there was a glimmer of hope but that would disappear shortly as a long ball was sent down the left side towards Jermaine Beckford. In-fact it was a horrendous piece of defending by Northampton as the defender was out-run in a situation that could have easily been handled by an academy prospect. Catching up to the ball, Jermaine circled to left of the goal and instead of crossing to Malcolm Christie, who had made his first start for Leeds, he hit a perfect curling drive that hit the inside of the far post and went in. With the 4-1 Leeds the match was effectively done with the exception of Jermaine's third goal of the night ten minutes after the restart and Jason Crowe further exploiting of Leeds weakness against set-pieces as he headed-in Luke Guttridge's corner as time ran down.

Leeds will now face Histon in the next round of the FA Cup.