Thursday, 23 February 2017
BUILDBASE FA TROPHY QUARTER FINALS THIS WEEKEND
Dulwich Hamlet v Macclesfield Town
A massive crowd is expected at Champion Hill for this game as The Hamlet look to quality for the last four of the Trophy for the first time in their history. Advanced tickets have been sold out for the game with 1,500 left available on the gate on the day. The Silkmen are currently in ninth place of the Vanarama National league with a real chance of making the play-offs. The Hamlet warmed up for this game with a 7-1 London Senior Cup victory over Essex Senior League side Barkingside on Tuesday evening. Macclesfield Town won 0-1 at Eastleigh in a league game on the same night - The Spitfire's manager Martin Allen parted company with the club shortly after. Dipo Akinyemi, who recently rejoined on-loan from League Two side Stevenage FC, scored four of the seven goals for Hamlet. It'll be Gavin Rose's ninth game in the competition this season.
DULWICH HAMLET BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE
1979/80 Quarter-Final Replay v Boston United Lost 0-2
MACCLESFIELD TOWN BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE
1969/70 Winners v Telford United W 2-0
1995/96 Winners v Northwich Victoria W 3-1
York City v Brackley Town
The Minstermen are struggling at the bottom of the Vanarama National division and it's look more and more likely they may be relegated twice in successive seasons. They have drawn four of their last six league games so are more difficult to beat than earlier in the season. Brackley Town are mid-table in the Vanarama North division - they have had some good wins in the Trophy with victories over AFC Fylde, Stockport Couty and Wealdstone standing out. They also had a great FA Cup run to the Second Round Proper beating football league side Gillingham in the First Round. It's easily their best performance in the Trophy having reached the First Round on four previous occasions. City have an excellent record in the competition winning it in 2012, being runner's up in 2009 and reaching the semi-final in 2008.
YORK CITY BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE
2011/12 Winners v Newport County W 2-0
BRACKLEY TOWN BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE
2004/05 First Round v Oxford City L 1-4
2008/09 First Round v Basingstoke Town L 1-3
2011/12 First Round v Dartford L 0-3
2012/13 First Round v Guiseley L 1-3
Boreham Wood v Lincoln City
The Imps have hit the headlines with their amazing Emirates FA Cup run this season but they are also on the Road To Wembley in the Trophy. In just two weeks they make just a slightly longer (by 13 miles) to visit The Emirates to play Arsenal but this weekend they will be at Meadow Park to play Boreham Wood. There is chance Lincoln could play at Wembley on four different occasions in The FA Trophy Final, The FA Cup Semi-Final & Final and The Vanarama Play-Off Final.....I'm sure their loyal fans would be happy to take just the top-spot in the Vanarama National and with it promotion back to League Two.
BOREHAM WOOD BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE
2005/06 Semi-Final v Woking L 0-3 on aggregate
LINCOLN CITY BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE
1987/88 Quarter-Final v Enfield L 0-1
Tranmere Rovers v Barrow AFC
This should be a great game as third plays seventh in the Vanarama National Division. Rovers are just four points off first place in the table with Barrow having a real chance of the play-offs. The league can be forgotten about for the weekend as both clubs would love a chance of getting to the semi-final. The Cumbrians have a rich history in the competition reaching the semi-final in 1987/88, winning in 1989/90, the quarter-final in 1997/98, wining in 2009/10 and again reaching the quarter-final in 2012/13. This is only the second time Tranmere have played in the Trophy having been relegated from the Football League in 2015.
TRANMERE ROVERS BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE
2015/16 First Round v Wrexham L 2-4
BARROW AFC BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE
1989/90 Winners v Leek Town W 3-0
2009/10 Winners v Stevenage Borough W 2-1