FA Trophy Round 2 Updated Draw

The draw for the FA Trophy 2nd Round Proper is below. With several replays and some postponed matches there are still a lot unsettled ties. Still they have until 15th January to get them sorted out. Newport booked their place last night with a 1-0 win at Wealdstone in the replay.

Of the smaller teams left Guisley probably have best chance of progressing as they take on Stalybridge who are not having the best of seasons in the Conference North. Uxbridge, who have made it through from the Preliminary round have a tough tie away to Luton or Welling, but will be happy with the money they have earned so far even if they go out.

FA Trophy Second Round Proper ties Scheduled for Saturday, 15/01/2011

Gateshead or Southport v Hampton & Richmond Borough

Boston United v Cirencester Town or Gloucester City

AFC Wimbledon v Woking

Droylsden v Ebbsfleet United

Chasetown or Kettering Town v Grimsby Town

Alfreton Town or Hyde v Cambridge United

Ashford Town (Middx) v Crawley Town or Dartford

Luton Town or Welling United v Uxbridge

AFC Telford United v Rushden & Diamonds or Eastwood Town

Darlington or Tamworth v Bath City

Worksop Town or Mansfield Town v Newport County

Blyth Spartans AFC or Fleetwood Town v Curzon Ashton or Altrincham

Dorchester Town v Eastbourne Borough

Guiseley AFC v Stalybridge Celtic

Eastleigh or Sutton United v Worcester City

Salisbury City v Wrexham

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Holders Barrow Crash OF FA Trophy At First Attempt

Barrows hopes of defending their FA Trophy ended in rather unspectacular fashion as they lost 3-2 at home to Guisley who had to come through a qualifying round to reach this stage. With last seasons beaten finalists Stevenage Borough not eligible to play since their promotion we know already that two ndifferent teams will grace Wembley in the final in 2011.

There were not too many shocks in round one and probably the results of the round were up and coming Boston United’s 1-0 win at York and Dartford efforts gaining a credible 3-3 draw at Crawley Town. Crawley will probably point to their Mid week FA Cup heroics as explaining their below par performance, however they will have no excuses in tonight’s replay.

Droylsden who were so close to pulling off a Cup shock themselves having led at Orient 2-1 after 89 minutes before capitulating 8-2 in extra time bounced back with a stirring 4-3 win over Hinkley, watched by a tiny crowd of 127. This probably reflects the expense of traveling to the Orient match more than any disgruntlement with their efforts and hopefully they will be a lot better supported when they play Ebbsfleet United in round 2.

Uxbridge who had to join in the preliminaries made it 5 wins in the competition when edging Lowestoft Town 3-2 and have been rewarded with a glamorous tie at Luton Town providing Luton negotiate a potentially tricky replay with Welling United. Given that Wellings Goalie was clear man of the match we expect the Hatters to progress.  For a team of Uxbridges standing getting this far is a major achievement and will have added a nice bit of revenue to the clubs coffers and a game at Luton should draw in a 4 figure crowd.

Curzon Ashton and Altrincham will have to replay after a power failure forced their game to be abandoned.

FA Trophy Ruund 1 Results

SUNDAY, 12 DECEMBER

Luton Town 0-0 Welling United

SATURDAY, 11 DECEMBER

AFC Sudbury 1-4 Hampton & Richmond

AFC Wimbledon 3-0 Braintree Town

Ashford Town (Middx) 1-0 AFC Hornchurch

Barrow 2-3 Guiseley

Basingstoke 0-2 Salisbury

Cambridge Utd 2-1 Forest Green

Chasetown 3-3 Kettering

Cirencester 1-1 Gloucester

Crawley Town 3-3 Dartford

Curzon Ashton A-A Altrincham (Abandoned at half time due to power failure)

Dorchester 3-0 St Albans

Droylsden 4-3 Hinckley Utd

Eastbourne Boro 3-1 Boreham Wood

Eastleigh 1-1 Sutton Utd

Ebbsfleet United 3-1 Hayes & Yeading

Gateshead P-P Southport

Grimsby 3-0 Redditch

Harlow 0-2 Woking

Harrogate Town 0-3 AFC Telford

Histon 2-3 Bath City

Lowestoft Town 2-3 Uxbridge

Newport County 0-0 Wealdstone

Rushden & D’mnds 1-1 Eastwood Town

Stalybridge 2-1 Nantwich Town

Worcester 1-0 Northwich

Wrexham 2-0 Kidderminster

York City 0-1 Boston United

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Barrow Win the FA Trophy in Extra Time

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A crowd of 21,223 turned up at Wembley to see see the FA Trophy today and in a thrilling game which had two sending offs and extra time the underdogs Barrow came from a goal down to win 2-1.

In a somewhat bad tempered match Stevenage looked to be on their way to a Promotion & Cup double when they went ahead after 10 minutes thanks to a stunning 20 yard strike by Andrew Drury. Stevenage then dominated the possession and looked comfortable, but everything changed on 28 minutes when they had a player sent off for hiolent conduct and this allowed Barrow to get back into the game and in the 79th Minute Lee McEvilly headed home the Equaliser.
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FA Trophy Final Barrow v Stevenage

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Two Conference Premier League clubs will battle it out today for the non league version of the FA Cup, and like the FA Cup which will be contested between money bags Chelsea and bankrupt Portsmouth, the FA trophy will be contested by teams with very differing fortunes.
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2010 FA Trophy Finalists Settled

Stevenage Borough played out a 0-0 draw with Kidderminster Harriers to book their place in this years FA Trophy Final against AFC Barrow yesterday.

Already leading 5-1 from the 1st leg Stevenage didn’t show any real urgency and to be fair Kidderminster played a whole lot better than they did in their home leg.

Stevenage who are now in their 3rd FA Trophy final in 4 years will no doubt be strong favourites to complete the Conference Title, FA Trophy double and should do ok in the Football League next season. 

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Barrow Head For Wembley In FA Trophy

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In front of a 3000+ crowd Barrow secured a lucrative trip to Wembley in the FA Trophy winning 2-1 at Holker Street against Salisbury City for a 3-1 aggregate victory. Barrow looked to be coasting following an early second half Jason Walker penalty which made the score 2-0 on aggregate, however it was a somewhat nerve racking last half an hour as Salisbury pulleda goal back via captain Darrell Clarke.  Salisbury then hit the post to add to the drama and give some hope to the 153 travelling fans.

 Barrow finally made the tie safe in the 90th minute when Walker struck again to secure Barrows long trip to the Final.

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Stevenage Effectively Book Their Wembley Place

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Barring a major upset Stevenage Borough have secured another trip to Wembley in the FA Trophy following an emphatic 5-1 win at Kidderminster Harriers in the semi final 1st leg. Stevenage are current holders of the FA Trophy and have  now won 19 of their last 21 matches in this competition including winning the Trophy in 2007.

They will meet the winners of the Salisbury v Barrow semi final in which Barrow hold a 1-0 lead after the first game.

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Barrow Hold Out For FA Trophy Semi Final Place

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Barrow took another step towards repeating their 1990 FA Trophy win last night when holding on to win 2-1 over fellow Conference Premier side York City.

Barrow were ahead after 5 minutes and added a second with a 1st half penalty, however York pulled a goal back in the 70th minute making for a slightly anxious last 20 minutes.

Barrow now face Salisbury in the 2 legged semi finals for the chance to play either Stevenage Borough or Kidderminster Harriers at Wembley in what has been a successful season for them in the Cups which has included reaching the FA Cup 3rd round where they lost to Sunderland.

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Barrow v York Finally Goes Ahead

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Barrow and York City will finally play in their FA Trophy Quarter Final match at Holker Steet tonight after two previous postponements due to frozen pitchs.

These two one time football league members will be relishing the chance of a possible trip to Wembley and the welcome gate receipts from the 2 legged semi finals against Salisbury City.

Both have to make changes for tonights game and York will be without leading scorer, Richard Brodie, who completes his three match suspension tonight, while Barrow are missing Nick Chadwick who is cup-tied having played for the now sadly defunct Chester earlier in the competition.

The winner will collect £16,000 in prize money for reaching the Semi Finals.

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FA Trophy Semi Finals

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Current FA Trophy holders Stevenage Borough have been drawn against Kidderminster Harriers in the 2010 FA Trophy semi-final which will be played over 2 legs. This is a repeat of the 2007 final played at the New Wembley (the 1st competitive match played there),which finished 3-2 to Stevenage.

In the other semi-final, Salisbury City will take on Barrow or York City depending on who wins the twice postponed quarter-final.

The teams winning their semi-final will receive the princely sum of £16,000 each from the Football Association’s prize fund a great benefit for any smaller club, but barely enough to keep a top premier league player in Champagne. Maybe it’s time football gave a little more thought to how the money is distributed within the game.

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