Non-League Football: Now back to the basics for Borough on Wembley trail

Rupert Metcalf
Sunday 23 October 2011 04:35

After such a hectic week, Stevenage Borough's players and fans could be forgiven for forgetting the fact that tomorrow they have a match in a competition in which they have a realistic chance of reaching Wembley.

That is not the case in the FA Cup, in which the Hertfordshire club are looking forward to a fourth-round tie against mighty Newcastle United after last weekend's heroic win at Swindon Town. Tomorrow, though, they will be the clear favourites when they entertain Chesham United in the first round of the FA Umbro Trophy.

The Buckinghamshire side are, it is believed, unlikely to complain about the facilities on offer at Stevenage's Broadhall Way ground. Instead, they will be concentrating on business on the pitch. They have drawn 10 of their 22 games to date in the Ryman League Premier Division, and they would probably be very pleased with another level scoreline tomorrow and a replay against their GM Vauxhall Conference opponents at The Meadow next Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Hereford United face their first Trophy tie since a 1-0 home defeat to Dartford in a third-round encounter in 1972. They entertain Dulwich Hamlet at Edgar Street and, like Stevenage, have the distractions of the FA Cup to cope with. The Bulls play host to Tranmere Rovers in a delayed third-round tie on Tuesday.

The other Conference side left in the FA Cup, Cheltenham Town, have a tricky Trophy trip to Enfield tomorrow before they can turn their attentions to their Cup game against Reading at Whaddon Road on Tuesday.

Woking, the Trophy holders, have a home tie against Margate, who have a second chance this season of a big upset, following their narrow defeat to Fulham in the first round of the FA Cup. Dagenham & Redbridge, last season's beaten finalists, have an Essex derby against Billericay Town at Victoria Road. Halifax Town, the Conference leaders, entertain John Burridge's Blyth Spartans at The Shay.

There will be no Wembley glory for Emley this season. The UniBond League side, who gave West Ham a fright last weekend before going down 2-1 in a third-round Cup tie at Upton Park, have already been knocked out of the Trophy. Weather permitting, tomorrow they meet Accrington Stanley in a league fixture, with television cameras probably not present.

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