Burton Albion take a break from their relentless pursuit of the UniBond League Premier Division title tomorrow when they entertain Woking in the fifth round of the FA Umbro Trophy.
At the same last-16 stage of the tournament a year ago the Brewers saw off the high-flying Nationwide Conference side Yeovil Town, and it would not be a huge surprise if they achieved another memorable victory at Eton Park tomorrow.
Woking may have won the Trophy three times in the 1990s, and they may have Geoff Chapple, their manager from that era, back in charge, but they have had a poor season so far and are outside the Conference relegation zone only on goal difference.
In contrast, Nigel Clough's Burton side are looking a good bet to achieve promotion to the Conference for the first time. They are nine points clear at the top of the UniBond and last weekend they took their total of goals for the season past the hundred mark in a 4-0 home win over Blyth Spartans.
In the last round of the Trophy Burton beat Woking's Conference rivals, Farnborough Town, 3-2 thanks to an injury-time winning goal on what Clough described as "another of those great cup nights that Eton Park is becoming famous for". Chapple, who also won the Trophy twice with Kingstonian, may have to wait at least another year for the chance to claim an unprecedented sixth success.
The holders, Canvey Island, do not yet know their opponents in the fifth round. They will be away next Tuesday to the winners of tomorrow's fourth-round replay between Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil at Belle Vue.
When the two Conference sides met last Tuesday in their much-delayed fourth-round tie in front of a crowd of 2,671 at Huish Park, the veteran striker Paul Barnes gave Doncaster an early lead. There were just 11 minutes left when Adam Stansfield equalised for the Somerset side to set up tomorrow's replay.Reuse content