Reggie Lambe and Carlisle United earned themselves a home replay after holding Sky Bet League One side Gillingham to a 1-1 draw in an Emirates FA Cup second-round clash at Priestfield Stadium yesterday.
Home side Gillingham took the lead in the fifth minute when defender Luke O’Neill bent his 25-yard free kick over the wall and into the top corner. Gillingham were awarded a free kick after Carlisle defender Tom Parkes fouled opposing forward Conor Wilkinson just outside of his own box.
However, it did not take too long for Lambe and his team-mates to respond, which they did in the eighteenth minute, when defender Danny Grainger equalised from the penalty spot.
Parkes was brought down in the area by midfielder Mark Byrne after receiving a return pass from Lambe and Grainger made no mistake as he found the bottom corner with his spot-kick to add parity to the scoreline.
“I made a good run into the box and played a decent one-two with Tom Parkes and he was brought down inside the area,” Lambe told The Royal Gazette. “Both teams had chances to win it but I feel a draw was a fair result.”
The Bermuda captain had two attempts on goal. His first with his left foot was blocked by defender Max Ehmer, while his other attempt with his right foot was wide of the target.
The two teams will have to do it all over again on December 12 when League Two side Carlisle host Gillingham in a replay at Brunton Park.
“Now they have to make the journey to Carlisle for the replay and I really fancy us to go to the next round with the tie being at Brunton Park,” Lambe said.
“We feel that we will be able to edge it in the replay at home given that we have a better surface.”