Saturday, 5 December 2015


Five Ryman League sides remain in the FA Trophy at the First Round stage where Vanarama National League sides enter the competition. Division One (North) sides Tilbury and Bury Town, Division One (South) Corinthian Casuals and Premier Division East Thurrock United and Dulwich Hamlet are all still on the road to Wembley. 

The Dockers continued their wondeful run by beating Vanarama South side Bishops Stortford 3-0 at Chadfields, Bury Town beat fellow D1N side Thurrock 4-2 at Ram Meadow with Dulwich Hamlet defeating Vanarama South side Maragate 2-1 at Champion Hill with two late goals from Ethan Pinnock and Ashley Carew. East Thurrock United went through with a midweek home replay 3-1 at home to Merthyr Town with Cointhian Casuals scoring a very late goal in their midweek replay against Grays Athletic to seal a famous 1-0 victory. Juevan Spencer scored the all important goal. 
There will be definitely one Ryman League side in the Second Round Proper as Bury Town play Dulwich Hamlet. Last season's winners North Ferriby United were knocked out at the Third Qualifying Round stage by Stocksbridge Park Steels who now travel to Gateshead. 
It's no surprise to the see Vanarama National big guns leading the betting with Cheltenham Town, Forest Green Rovers and Grimsby Town at 8/1 followed by Eastleigh at 10/1 & Tranmere Rovers and Wrexham at 12/1. Rovers face Wrexham at Prenton Park so one of the bigger teams will be out by the second round stage.

The winners of the First Round games receive £5,000 from the Football Association's prize fund.

scheduled to be played on Saturday 12th December
Ryman League sides in red 
FC Halifax Town v Tamworth
Grimsby Town v Solihull Moors
Sutton Coldfield Town v Barrow
Marine or  Burscough v Guiseley
Macclesfield Town v Ashton United
Nantwich Town v Matlock Town
Southport v Worcester City
Curzon Ashton v Nuneaton Town
Altrincham v Leamington
AFC Telford United v Chester
Stourbridge v Kidderminster Harriers
Gateshead v Stocksbridge Park Steels
AFC Fylde v Skelmersdale United
Buxton or Bradford (Park Avenue) v Lincoln City
Tranmere Rovers v Wrexham
Eastbourne Borough v Hemel Hempstead Town
Tilbury v Welling United
Truro City v Cirencester Town
Torquay United v Chesham United
Whitehawk v Dover Athletic 
Corinthian Casuals v Hungerford Town
Boreham Wood v Woking
Concord Rangers v Lowestoft Town
Maidstone United v Bognor Regis Town
Cheltenham Town v Chelmsford City
East Thurrock United v Maidenhead United
Oxford City v Ebbsfleet United
Aldershot Town v Eastleigh
Weston Super Mare v Wealdstone
Havant & Waterlooville v Forest Green Rovers
Bury Town v Dulwich Hamlet
Braintree Town v Bromley

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