FA Trophy Second Round Preview

The top cup competition in non league has reached the last thirty two. Here is my preview of a few of the FA Trophy Second Round ties.

Darlington FC players celebrate their 2011 Trophy win

We are now at the stage of the competition where clubs will be getting seriously excited about a potential trip to Wembley, as the FA Trophy reaches the last thirty two stage, and clubs are four games from the National Stadium. There are some potentially cracking ties to be played over the weekend of January 14th.

Several ties see Conference Premier sides face tricky away days. High flying Luton Town are one of those, as they travel to Conference North outfit Hinckley United. Hinckley are currently 20th in the 22 team division, but have won their last two league games in convincing fashion, banging in nine goals in the process. Luton, though, are in their own run of impressive form, winning four league games in succession since beating Swindon Supermarine in the Trophy first round. Those four Conference Premier games have seen the Hatters score fifteen goals while only conceding one. It is hard to see anything other than an away win, but you never know in the Trophy!

York City, meanwhile, also face a potential banana skin when they travel to Conference South side Salisbury City. The Whites gave a good account of themselves in the FA Cup third round, going down 3-1 at League One promotion chasers Sheffield United. In the league, Salisbury are dangerously close to the drop zone, currently sitting four points above the bottom three in seventeenth place. The Minstermen, meanwhile, have been a bit hit and miss in the Conference recently, but have just picked up their first league win in a month. York needed a replay to get past Solihull Moors in the first round, while Salisbury convincingly beat Lowestoft Town 4-0. This is a great potential upset, and I am going to predict that Salisbury will get at least a draw.

An intriguing tie takes place at St George’s Stadium, where Isthmian Premier side Wealdstone FC host Conference Premier Barrow AFC. Both sides lay in mid-table in their respective divisions, and picking a winner is a tough call. This one could well go to a replay. One place where there could be an upset is Weymouth, where The Terras take on Conference Premier strugglers Alfreton Town. Weymouth harbour an outside chance of a playoff place from the Southern Premier, while Town are battling the drop. Another step seven side looking to beat a side two levels above them are Worksop Town, who host Newport County. Town are seven points off the playoff positions in the Northern Premier League, while County are staring relegation from the Conference Premier in the face. Worksop also boast one of their divisions’ top scorers in Jamie Jackson, who has bagged eleven goals so far.

The full second round fixture list is as follows:

Ebbsfleet United v Chester
Wealdstone v Barrow AFC
Weymouth v Alfreton Town
Worksop Town v Newport County
Gateshead v Braintree Town
Lincoln City v Carshalton Athletic
Kidderminster Harriers v Droylsden
Dartford v Boston United
East Thurrock United v Hampton & Richmond Borough
Grimsby Town v AFC Hornchurch
Cambridge United v AFC Telford United
Northwich Victoria v Staines Town
Hinckley United v Luton Town
Salisbury City v York City
Guiseley AFC v Stalybridge Celtic
Bath City v Basingstoke Town

The third round draw should take place on Monday January 16th, and the third round takes place on Saturday February 4th.

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About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

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