Darlington v Mansfield In the 2011 FA Trophy Final

Slightly against the odds its Darlington an Mansfield who will compete in the 2011 FA Trophy final, after both earned balttling draws in the second legs.

Darlington who trailed 2-0 at one stage in the 1st leg held out for a 0-0 draw at their North East Neighbours in a game of few chances so progressing 3-2 on aggregate.

Mansfield who won their home leg 1-0 lost the Kennelworth road tie 1-0 so extra time had to be played. Luton who finished normal time with 9 men after Gnakpa received a second yellow card in the 84th minute and then Lawless was shown a straight red for an elbow on Kyle Nix. Not surprisingly Mansfield dominated the extra time but Luton held out until two minutes from the end of extra time when Mansfield were awarded a slightly harsh penalty. Briscoe fired his spot kicjk straight at Pilkington in the Luton goal, however was able to fire in the rebound to send the Stags to Wembley for the first time since 1987.

The FA Trophy Final is scheduled to be played on 7th May 2011

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Darlington Come From Behind To Win FA Trophy Semi 1st Leg

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Darlington battled back from 2-0 down to take a 3-2 lead in the first leg of the FA Trophy semi-final thanks to Liam Hatch who scored two late goals.

In a slow opening, not helped by the poor pitch Gateshead settled better and  Nathan Fisher scored the opener for them on 21 minutes with a low drive, and Adam Rundle doubled their advantage just before half time sending the Tynesiders in for the break in good spirits. However the second half belonged to Darlington and ex Carlisle United player Marc Bridge-Wilkinson pulled one back on 53 minutes before Hatch hit his brace which means its advantage Darlington going into the second leg.

The final score:

Darlington 3-2 Gateshead

Attendance: 4,243


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Mansfield Through to FA Trophy Semi Final

Mansfield Town beat their lower league rivals Chasetown 3-1 to progress to the Semi Final of the 2011 FA Trophy.

Adam Murray put the Stags 1-0 up after 35 minutes, however Chasetown never gave up and despite being under a lot of pressure managed to equalise in the 54th minute. Their faint hopes only lasted until the 56th minute though as Briscoe restored Mansfields lead before Mitchleyadded a third for the Stags in the 76th.

Overall Mansfield wer clearly the better team and with 20 shots at goal arguably could have won more comprehensively.

The attendance was 2,295 swelled by 525 Chasetown fans who made the difficult midweek journey.

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2011 FA Trophy Semi Final Draw

The draw for the 2011 FA Trophy Semi Finals is:

Luton Town v Mansfield or Chasetown

Gateshead v Darlington


The games will be played over 2 legs.

Chasetown Hold Mansfield In FA Trophy Quarter Final

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The 2000 capacity crowd at Chasetown’s Scholars Ground were treated to a high intensity display of end to end football last night which was an excellent advert for Non League football. Chasetown were behind twice  in the game but battled back to level the scores at 2-2 with 2 minutes to play, and the teams will now replay at Mansfield on 8th March.

In the game Mansfield had the better of the first half and were deservedly 1-0 up at half time thanks to a thunderbolt shot by Striker Paul Connor and at this stage  it looked like the Conference side were bound for the Semi Finals.


However Chasetown had other ideas and they continued to pour forward at every opportunity and their never say die attitude was rewarded whenthey grabbed an equlaizer. Mansfield then re-tok thelead before a slightly fortuitous own goal from Mansfields on loan Goalkeeper David Gorf (from Notts County) sent the home fans away happy.


Chasetown have had a quite meteoric rise since making history in 2007-8 season when they became the lowest ranked club to reach the 3rd Round of the FA Cup; where they lost to eventual finalists Cardiff City. They are currently playingat their highest level of the non league pyramid since 1954 and they have already beaten two other conference sides in the competition this season. It will be a surprise if they manage to win at Field Mill in the replay however on this display they will go down fighting.


You can check out a more detailed match report at Chasetown’s Web Site.



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FA Trophy 4th Round Results

No surprises in the fourth round as the Conference sides who played all went through. The Chasetown v Mansfield Match was postponed due to heavy rain making the pitch unplayable.

The match will be restaged  at the Scholars Ground on 1st March kicking off at 7.45pm

FA Trophy Results

Blyth Spartans AFC 0 – 2 Gateshead

Guiseley AFC 0 – 1 Luton Town

Darlington 2 – 1 Salisbury City

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FA Trophy Fourth Round Proper 26/11/2011

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The quarter final FA Trophy matches are scheduled for 3.00pm on Saturday these being:

Blyth Spartans v Gateshead

Guiseley v Luton Town

Darlington v Salisbury City

Chasetown  v Mansfield Town

Luton are strong favourires to lift the Trophy and should be good enough to come through against Guisele , who have done well to reach this stage. It wont be easy for them however and it could take a replay.

Unfortunately from a neutral fans viewpoint its hard to see the games not going to form and we expect the semi finals to comprise:


Luton Town


Mansfield Town

Ironically all ex league clubs in one guise or another. Gateshead seem to be hitting a bit of form at the right time and the 7-1 odds offered by William Hills looks a reasonable bet and is much better than Betfair are currently offering showing the exchanges are not always the best place to have a flutter.

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FA Trophy 3rd Round

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Weather allowing all 8 FA Trophy fixtures are scheduled for this Saturday and hopefully the clubs will get a good turnout. Many of the bigger Conference Premier sides have already gone out so this year could see a non Conference Premier side reach the final if the draw goes well for them.  One side with a good FA Trophy tradition  Woking FC will be hoping they can add to their successes of 1994, 1995, & 1997 and to encourage a good crowd they have reduced the ticket prices. They play Salisbury and will be quietly confident of progressing to the quarter finals and picking up the £7,000 prize poney obn offer to the winners of this tie.

The Remaining Conference sides  Luton, Mansfield, Darlington, Gateshead & Eastbourne have all avoided each other and although all have good chances of getting through we will not be surprised to see a couple fall at this hurdle.

In a week when the top clubs finally lost leave of their senses with astronomical transfer fees and equally big wage settlements its good to remember that football is not all about the top few teams and for the true fans of the game its important to remember a pyramid is only as strong as its foundations. If you get the chance pop down to one of the games and help the have nots flourish.

The ties are:

Eastbourne Borough v Guiseley
Mansfield Town v Alfreton Town
Blyth Spartans v Droylsden
Luton Town v Gloucester City
AFC Telford United v Darlington
Woking v Salisbury City
Eastleigh v Chasetown
Gateshead v Dartford

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FA Trophy 3rd Round Draw

With the replays out of the way we now know the full draw for a place in the FA Trophy Quarter Finals and it is looking like a pretty interesting season, with a large number of the bigger Conference sides having gone out.

Conference North high flyers Alfreton Town who beat Cambridge United 6-3 away in their 2nd round replay have a tricky but winnable tie against recent League side Mansfield, while fellow Conference North title challengers  Guiseley AFC  & AFC Telford United also take on Conference Premier clubs facing Darlington & Eastbourne Borough.

Competition Favourites Luton Town have a fairly easy home tie against Gloucester City and Woking, who pulled off the result of the last round with their 3-2 win at AFC Wimbledon will fancy their chances against Salisbury. Highlights of the Woking game can be found below.


The eight winning teams will pick up £7,000 in prize money and will hopefully pull in half decent crowds in the Quarter Finals.

The ties are scheduled to be played Saturday 05/02/2011.

The Full Draw:

Eastbourne Borough v Guiseley AFC

Mansfield Town v Alfreton Town

Blyth Spartans AFC v Droylsden

Luton Town v Gloucester City

AFC Telford United v Darlington

Woking v Salisbury City

Eastleigh v Chasetown

Gateshead v Dartford

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Gloucester Win FA Trophy Replay To Book Trip To Boston

Gloucester had a relatively easy passage to the 2nd round of the FA Trophy beating Cirencester 3-0. Gloucester were 1-0 up after 4  minutes when Mike Symons latched on to a long ball to beat the keeper.

Then a somewhat disputed penalty from Lee Smith effectively ended the game before half time. Cirencester had a couple of chances in the second half but it was the home side who added a third in the 88th Minute when Smith grabbed his second in what looks like being his last game for the club.

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