The skipper has led the new boys to the summit with two wins and a draw ahead
of their trip to Stirling.
Even the introduction of Iraqi international Mohanad Ali in the 65th minute didn't make a difference to the fortunes of Rui Faria's men as they settled for a 1-1 draw ahead
of making the short trip north to Al Sadd's Jassim bin Hamad Stadium for the return leg next week.
Aidy Boothroyd's kids were handed a tough draw ahead
of next summer's showdown in Italy.
It's difficult to predict how we will cope with the missing stars but I reckon we'll at least draw ahead
of a decider against Israel at Hampden on Tuesday.
Seventh-tier London-based Haringey Borough and Metropolitan Police are among the lowest teams left in the hat, alongside Hitchen Town - who are staging this evening's draw ahead
of their fourth qualifying round replay with Leatherhead - and Warrington Town, who must overcome Halifax Town first before their place in the first round is assured.
Meanwhile, Alex Henry made a welcome return to competition by winning in the Open Single Scull and by showing particular determination in the Open Mixed Double Sculls final with crewmember Hannah Ferris to draw ahead
of Evesham in the final few metres and win by just three feet.
At least, now, nobody will crib why he was given a wild card into the main draw ahead
of Somdev Devvarman.
The 21-year-old has returned from an ankle injury and netted four times in Town's last three games, helping them to two wins and a draw ahead
of Saturday's trip to Wolves.
"It's very positive that when we weren't having a great day we kept working hard," said the 29-year-old, reflecting on the 2-2 Ricoh draw ahead
of Sunday's first ever trip to Burton Albion.
IFWECAN appears to have been done a favour by the handicapper and has a favourable draw ahead
of the Chemique Adhesives Handicap at Wolverhampton.
But Harriers thoroughly deserved to go into this afternoon's fourth-round draw ahead
of the replay at London Road on January 14.
Serena Williams will start as the No.1 seed in the women's draw ahead
of Victoria Azarenka, with Agnieszka Radwanska, the beaten Wimbledon semi-finalist, starting as the third seed.
In the second quarter, Dragons made the best use of their mobile goal-attack Cara Moseley, leaving Cato as the long-range target time after time with the kind of success that saw them draw ahead
23-20 and 26-23.
Coral's David Stevens said: "England's victory wasn't as costly as it could have been as there was plenty of support for the draw ahead
of the final day's play, following a forecast that predicted plenty of wet weather."
The manager bemoaned his side's bad luck so far this season with injuries and a difficult draw ahead
of the game with four - times European champions Ajax, which is a must -win game for City if they are to qualify for the last 16.