Saturday, 27 February 2016
REPRESENTING THE RYMAN LEAGUE - BOGNOR REGIS TOWN TAKE ONE STEP CLOSER TO WEMBLEY
1,821 fans crammed into Nyewood Lane to see Bognor Regis Town take one step closer to Wembley Stadium - The Rocks defeated Vanarama National side Torquay United 1-0 through a goal from Snorre Nilsen in the 49th minute in the FA Trophy Quarter-Final.
The Semi-Final will take place over two legs on Saturday 12th and Saturday 19th Match meaning the matches at Enfield Town and at home to Grays Athletic will have to be re-arranged into The Rocks already incredibly busy schedule.
They have now beaten three step two sides and two step one sides on The Road to Wembley.
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN'S FA TROPHY RUN 2015/16
Saturday 31st October - EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN W 3-1 - 240 - 1st QR
Saturday 14th November - Taunton Town W 4-1 351 - 2nd QR
Saturday 28th November - BATH CITY W 1-0 362 - 3rd QR
Saturday 12th December - Maidstone United W1-0 892 - 1st Round
Tuesday 19th January - ALTRINCHAM W 2-1 520 - 2nd Round
Saturday 6th February - Sutton United D 0-0 1258 - 3rd Round
Tuesday 9th February - SUTTON UNITED W 2-1 941 - 3rd Round Replay
Saturday 27th February - TORQUAY UNITED W 1-0 1821 - Quater Final
Another Step Three side also tasted Trophy glory in reaching the Semi-Final as Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division side Nantwich Town defeated Vanarama National side Dover Athletic 2-1 in front of 892 at their Weaver Stadium. The score was 1-1 going into injury time but Liam Shotton header a famous winner for The Dabbers.
NANTWICH TOWN'S FA TROPHY RUN 2015/16
Friday 30th October - SALFORD CITY W 2-1 - 550 - 1st QR
Saturday 14th November - KINGS LYNN TOWN W 5-1 - 359 - 2nd QR
Saturday 28th November - Stockport County - W 2-0 - 1,066 - 3rd QR
Saturday 12th December - MATLOCK TOWN W 2-0 - 423 - 1st Round
Tuesday 20th January - Bradford PA D 1-1 - 207 - 2nd Round
Tuesday 26th January - BRADFORD PA W 5-0 - 281 - 2nd Round Replay
Tuesday 16th February - STOURBRIDGE W 1-0 - 510 - 3rd Round
Saturday 27th February - DOVER ATHLETIC W 2-1 - 892 - Quarter-Final
Nantwich Town and Bognor Regis Town are joined in the semi-finals by what will be two Vanarama National sides - Grimsby Town won 2-0 at home to Woking in front of 1,675 people. Gateshead and FC Halifax Town will replay after a 0-0 draw today (with a crowd of 1,431).
The FA Trophy (much like the FA Cup) has over the past few seasons received some criticism from fans who would rather see their club go for promotion rather than win games and even get the chance to play at Wembley. I would say that there are many non-league supporters who would gladly swop places with the fans of Bognor Regis Town and Nantwich Town who can now dare to dream!! Not even the most ardent of their followers would of predicted a semi-final appearance back when they started in the 1st Qualifying Round at the end of October.