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Johnson Hippolyte (left) and Dennis Wise

Hippolyte v Wise: 'Tasty'

Hippolyte's Leeds dream still on

Maidenhead United boss Johnson Hippolyte can keep dreaming of an FA Cup clash with his beloved Leeds United after the Magpies beat Hayes & Yeading 1-0 to reach the first round proper.

Maidenhead striker Manny Williams got the only goal of the game to ease the York Road side past Hayes & Yeading.

The draw for the first round proper has handed the Magpies a trip to Ryman Premier League side Horsham, and manager Johnson 'Drax' Hippolyte says he's confident, but Horsham must be taken seriously.

"We're not going to disrespect Horsham. On paper we'll be favourites but we won't take them lightly."

'Tasty' prospect

However, with League Two outfit Leeds United in the first round draw, Drax admits the draw is not the one he personally wanted.

"The boys' confidence is coming back. We didn't play well for the first thirty minutes but still dug in there and didn't concede."

Johnson Hippolyte

"Everybody knows that I would have loved Leeds away, being a supporter, but we might have to wait for the second round."

And would he relish the challenge of a Johnson Hippolyte versus Dennis Wise encounter?

"That would be tasty. We're from the same part of west London and I know his family a little bit, so that'd be interesting."

Working hard

As for the Hayes & Yeading game, Hippolyte was pleased with the way his side responded after a poor opening half hour.

"The boys' confidence is coming back. We didn't play well for the first thirty minutes but still dug in there and didn't concede.

"Serge [Makofo] did ever so well for the goal, Manny Williams lost his player and it was a very good goal.

"Manny should have had another seven goals at least [this season] - he's hit the post or put things just wide when I think he should have hit the target.

"I said to Lee Newman, I don't agree that two small players can't play together, if they both work hard and run channels. And they're both doing that at the moment."

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