Yeovil on track for the double
Friday 14 March 2003
Yeovil Town should emerge from tomorrow's FA Trophy quarter-finals on course for a non-League double. They remain odds-on for the Conference title following their 3-1 win over Leigh RMI earlier this week, a victory that gave them a 12-point lead over second-placed Doncaster. And their sixth-round Trophy tie, at home to struggling Burscough of the UniBond League, holds little probability of an upset.
Yeovil have already beaten three fellow Conference sides to reach the last eight and are favourites to retain the Trophy in the final on 18 May at Villa Park. They are also benefitting from the superb recent form of striker Kevin Gall, who celebrated his call-up to the Welsh Under-21s with a goal this week, his sixth in four starts. Burscough have had trouble even retaining their playing staff in recent times.
An upset in tomorrow's Trophy ties is most likely at Farnborough Town, who host Tamworth, currently the runaway leaders of the Dr Martens Premier Division.
Tamworth have already eliminated three Conference sides from the non-league's élite knockout competition and did so without conceding a goal to Nuneaton Borough, Stevenage Borough or Margate. Farnborough, 15th in the Conference, are having a moderate season at best. Success for Tamworth would mean a semi-final berth for the first time in their history.
At least one club below Conference level will progress to the last four from tomorrow's tie between Aylesbury United and Gloucester City. United are at the wrong end of the Ryman Premier League and would be buoyed by a semi-final but Gloucester, who play in the Dr Martens League Western Division, have the better recent form.
The other tie tomorrow should see Forest Green Rovers, twice runners-up in the Trophy, progress at home past Havant & Waterlooville, who are mid-table in the Ryman Premier. Forest Green reached the final two years ago on the first occasion it was staged at Villa Park. Havant have not even been this far before.
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