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FA Trophy draw and reaction

The FA Trophy  (photo by Whitley Bay FC)

The FA Trophy
(photo by Whitley Bay FC)

On Monday lunchtime every non-league fan who team was still in the FA Trophy was glued to their computer screen and the FA website to see who their club had drawn in the FA Trophy 2nd round.

32 teams will play on the weekend 14/15th December to move one step closer to Wembley and the FA Trophy final.

For those who haven’t seen the draw on The FA website here it is.

1 Staines Town or Luton Town v Wrexham

2 Whitehawk v Basingstoke Town or Havant & Waterlooville

3 Eastleigh v Gateshead

4 Barnet v Coalville Town or Grimsby Town

5 Barrow v Maidenhead United

6 Gosport Borough v Nuneaton Town

7 Tonbridge Angels or St Albans City v Cambridge United

8 Guiseley v Bradford Park Avenue

9 Aldershot Town or Weston Super Mare v Worcester City or AFC Telford United 

10 Tamworth v Boston United

11 North Ferriby United v Woking

12 Whitstable Town v Ebbsfleet United

13 Leek Town v Hungerford Town

14 East Thurrock United or Dover Athletic v Leamington or Northwich Victoria

15 Braintree Town v Lincoln City

16 Chorley v Dartford or Forest Green Rovers

NB St Albans and Havent and Waterlooville have won their replays on Monday night.

The tie of the round should Luton win tonight is game one as they will welcome last seasons winners Wrexham who overcame Gresley from the Northern Premier League at the Weekend.

A tough battle is always expected between these two teams and the draw will have made it even an even bigger reason for Luton to go through.

But forStaines the thought of welcoming the winners of last seasons competition to The Wheatsheaf park will be massive and are no strangers to the big game having been in the first round of the FA Cup this season losing 5-0 to Brentford away.

Leek Town have a great tie in the face of welcoming Hungerford Town. It may not see like a massive tie for the Staffordshire side but it is certainly a winnable one for the Evo-stik Northern Premier League first division south side.

Hungerford do sit 8th in the Southern League but The Blues are at home and having seen off Brackley at home in extra time and Altrincham away.

But I do believe that Lee Casswell and his team can once again upset the odds.

For me personally I like the look of the last draw Chorley v Forest Green Rovers/Dartford.

Simply because as many of you will know I am a Chorley fan.

For a while the Magpies have craved a big team at Victory Park and while it may not be Luton or Wrexham at VP FGR and Dartford will be tough to beat but with the Magpies on a 12 match unbeaten run if they can keep the run up then I would fear for an upset if I was a FGR or Dartford.

Key info
Ties to take place 14/15th December 2013
Winners will receive £6,0000


Five teams to watch in the Conference Premier this season

With Pre season just about to start and the football season soon back underway once football beings. Here at the Non-league scene we have picked out 5 conference teams to watch this season for various reasons.

Barnet player/manager: Edgar Davids

Barnet player/manager: Edgar Davids

Barnet FC returns to life in the conference at the start of life at a new home. The Bees have said goodbye to Underhill, which has been their home for a number of years and are now moving to a new stadium close to their training ground called the Hive.

Also it will be interesting to see how Edger David gets on as player/manager in the Conference- can the club make it back into the football league at the first attempt? All shall reveal shortly.

Chester FC celebrate winning the Conference North (c) Kevin Purcell

Chester FC celebrate winning the Conference North (c) Kevin Purcell

Just over three years ago Chester City FC was kicked out of the Conference and left to die. But the fans were not standing for this and quickly formed a new club called Chester FC, who started life in Step 4. After three successive title wins. As well as cursing to the Conference north title last season. The are back where they belong.

Will the club be able to make it four successive promotions? I highly doubt they will this season but you never know as has been proven the promoted teams do well as they come up on a high. Also the Cross-boarded derby (Chester v Wrexham) is back on this season and will be very interesting to see what happens in those games.

Forest Green Rovers playing Darlington

Forest Green Rovers playing Darlington

Forest Green Rovers
Could this be Forest Green Rovers year to get promoted out of the Conference Premier? The club, who are based in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire have quite a fairly large budget if you believe what the experts say about the club yet somehow they never seem to use this to their advantage.

Andy Mangan and Mango Vieira are no strangers to the title challenge having won it with Fleetwood in 2012 and will be looking to lead FGR into the glory of the Football League.

Luton Town fans hoping that will have something to celebrate.

Luton Town fans hoping that will have something to celebrate.

Last season for Luton in the league could be seen as a bit of an embarrassment for the Hatters of Luton Town FC. As they slumped to a 7th placed finish. Only the FA Cup run to the 5th round and a 1-0 win over Premier League boys Norwich at Carrow Road will have surely lifted the spirits of the fans at Kenilworth Road.

Despite a new season boss John Still does have massive pressure on his shoulders as he tries and to become the man to life Luton back into the football league where quite a lot of people believe that is where they rightly belong and may have still be there had the FA not docked 30 points off them at the start of the 2008-2009 season.

Can Michael Gash fly the Harriers into the Football League this time around?

Can Michael Gash fly the Harriers into the Football League this time around?

Kidderminster Harriers
So close yet so far away for Kidderminster Harriers last season it will be interesting to see if Steve Burr and the lads can go one step better and win the Conference Premier title this season.

A lot has been said about the way the club went from the bottom to the top of the table and just missed out on the title before being hammered 5-2 by Wrexham on aggregate in the play off semi finals. However Burr has already been able to keep hold of Gash, Malbon, Lewis, Gowling and a host of other key players from last season while adding other key names such as Jamie Dance and Lee Fowler.

These are just 5 teams we have picked out there are another 21 teams we could have chosen from like Hyde, how will term two be in the Conference for them or Aldershot can they overturn the -10 deduction place on them at the start of the season? All will be reveled during the course of the season.