Hello & welcome to a bumper round-up of the action from the FA Trophy Preliminary Round involving Bostik North & South sides on ‘Non-League Day’ Sat 7th October & Sun 8th Oct plus the solitary Isthmian North tie this weekend. Thanks for reading.
Saturday 7th October
The FA Trophy Prelim Round
AFC Sudbury 2 – 2 Aylesbury Utd
Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium | Attendance: 279
Sudbury fought back at the death to secure a replay in this tie at the Wardale Williams Stadium. Callum Watson gave the hosts the lead on 12 minutes before a second-half brace from Tyriq Hunte [64’ & 88’] turned the pendulum towards the visitors though a late equaliser from Ollie Dunlop means that the replay will take place in midweek at the Meadow.
Ashford Utd 0 – 3 Sittingbourne
Venue: Homelands | Attendance: 325
Sittingbourne won this all-Isthmian South clash at Homelands. Kane Rowland put the Brickies ahead on 29 minutes. After the break, Rowland’s second of the afternoon [70’] and a late third by David Smith sealed the visitors progression into the next round.
Bowers & Pitsea 2 – 2 Dereham Town
Venue: Len Salmon Stadium | Attendance: 173
Bowers held fellow Bostik North opponents Dereham at the Len Salmon. Tony Stokes put the hosts ahead four minutes after the restart. Rhys Logan restored parity for the Magpies 13 minutes later before Ollie Ebbage gave them the lead on 71 minutes. Stokes was the hero who forced a replay with a late leveller so it’s back to Aldiss Park for a replay in midweek.
Brentwood Town 3 – 3 South Park
Venue: Brentwood Arena | Attendance: 113
We’ve heard the cliché ‘it’s a game of two halves’ many times though it was certainly true in this one at the Brentwood Arena. Town had a three-goal cushion at the break as Izzy Bademosi’s brace [4’ & 29’] and Andy Freeman’s goal just before half-time. After the interval, the Sparks really kicked back into life as Kieran Lavery’s penalty [50’] and Joe Jackson’s strike [52’] reduced the arrears before Chris Smith levelled with four minutes left. A replay will take place at Whitehall Lane in midweek.
Cheshunt 3 – 0 Herne Bay
Venue: Theobalds Lane | Attendance: 144
Isthmian North side Cheshunt saw off their Isthmian South opponents with second-half goals by Callum Ellersley [68’] and Adam Wallace [73’ & 79’]. The Bay had to play the last few minutes with ten men as Raphe Brown was dismissed late on.
Chipstead 1 – 1 Barking
Venue: High Road | Attendance: 69
The Chips came from behind to seal a replay at High Road. Goldy Capela put the visitors ahead on the quarter-hour though Leon Lalor-Dell levelled for the hosts with 22 minutes left so the sides go again at Mayesbrook Park in midweek.
Corinthian Casuals 2 – 0 AFC Dunstable
Venue: King George’s Field | Attendance: 153
The Casuals sealed the win here with a goal in each half. Josh Uzun put the hosts ahead on ten minutes and sealed their progression into the next round with 17 minutes remaining through Jack Strange’s goal.
Cray Wanderers 8 – 0 Horsham
Venue: Hayes Lane | Attendance: 124
Cray thumped fellow Isthmian South side Horsham at Hayes Lane to progress to the next round. Goals from Aaron Rhule [6’] and Jerome Frederico [22’] set the Wands on their way. Marcus Evans made it three six minutes later before a brace from Michael Power [32’ & 39’] made the result safe at the break. The pain continued for the Hornets after the break as Freddie Parker’s hat-trick [pen 60’, 73’ & 78’] sealed the rout.
East Grinstead Town 2 – 4 Lewes
Venue: College Lane | Attendance: 203
Lewes came from behind to seal their place in the next round with victory at College Lane. The Wasps went ahead after just five minutes thanks to Marcus Elliott’s goal though Billy Medlock levelled on 31 minutes for the visitors.A minutes into the second half, Charlie Postance ‘s strike saw the hosts assume the lead again though that lead only lasted six minutes as Harry Reed levelled for the Rocks. Medlock then completed his hat-trick [71’ & 82’] to seal the win.
Egham Town 7 – 1 Shoreham
Venue: The Runnymede Stadium | Attendance: 68
Egham overwhelmed Isthmian South side Shoreham at the Runnymede Stadium. The hosts led on ten minutes through Brendan Mathew’s goal though the Musselmen were level five minutes later thanks to Ross Myers’ equaliser. Egham led at the break as Michael Wiseman [26’] and Aaron Berry [32’] goals saw them open up a two-goal advantage. After the break, on the score-sheet anyway it was one-way traffic as Lewis Cole [48’] and Louis Stead [65’] goals made it 5-1 then Berry’s second of the afternoon with 21 minutes left plus a late goal from Liam Tack sealed the big win for the hosts.
Grays Athletic 4 – 3 Norwich Utd
Venue: Parkside | Attendance: 201
Grays edged this all-Isthmian North tie at Parkside. Kieran Bishop put Ath ahead on ten minutes though Liam Jackson levelled things nine minutes later. Grays led comfortably at the break as goals from Stanley Muguo [25’], Bishop’s second [39’] and a spot-kick from Joao Carlos [41’] made it 4-1 at the interval. Late goals from Utd’s Adam Hipperson [75’] and substitute Adam Probert [90’] made it tight though Jamie Stuart’s side are through to the next round.
Greenwich Borough 0 – 1 Hanwell Town
Venue: DGS Stadium | Attendance: 80
Greenwich suffered a late exit as Hanwell edged them at the DGS Stadium. Borough were a man light on 71 minutes as Travis Gregory was dismissed. Glen Yala took advantage with the only goal with nine minutes remaining to see their place in the next round.
Haringey Borough 3 – 0 Whyteleafe
Venue: Coles Park | Attendance: 175
Isthmian North side Haringey sent their Isthmian South opponents out at Coles Park. Ruarid Kay gave Borough the lead two minutes before the break. Lauren Luke doubled that lead six minutes after the restart before substitute Chris Benjamin sealed his side’s progression six minutes from time.
Heybridge Swifts 2 – 0 Carshalton Athletic
Venue: Scraley Road | Attendance: 181
A goal in each half sealed the Swifts’ progression in this one at Scraley Road. Lewis Goldbold put the hosts ahead on the half-hour and Juan Luque sealed the win three minutes from time.
Kempston Rovers 0 – 1 Hythe Town
Venue: Hillgrounds Stadium | Attendance: 132
Hythe edged Kempston to seal their spot in the next round. Dean Grant got the only goal on 63 minutes to put the Isthmian South outfit through.
Marlow 0 – 0 Aveley
Venue: Alfred David Ground | Attendance: 101
Marlow held their Isthmian North opponents to a creditable draw at the Alfred David Ground. A replay is required which will take place in midweek.
Northwood 2 – 5 Maldon & Tiptree
Venue: Northwood Park | Attendance: 97
Maldon had to fight hard by their Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 East opponents though went through at Northwood Park. Debutant Jermaine Osei gave the hosts the lead after just three minutes though Ryan Gondoh levelled ten minutes later. Gondoh then grabbed his second on the half-hour to give the Jammers the lead. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe extended the lead with a spot-kick four minutes later, Osei struck again three minutes before the break to cut his side’s arrears in half. Early second-half goals from Johnville Renee [46’] and Ogedi-Uzokwe’s second [49’] sealed the win for Kevin Horlock’s men.
Phoenix Sports 0 – 3 Chalfront St Peter
Venue: The Mayplace Ground | Attendance: 93
The visitors won this tie with a first-half goal blitz. Jake Cass put Chalfront ahead just two minutes in before Maxwell Holland made it two just seven minutes later. Rob Hastings sealed the tie with the third 12 minutes before the break to send Sports out.
Potters Bar Town 4 – 0 Tilbury
Venue: Pakex Stadium | Attendance: 89
Potters Bar triumphed over their fellow Isthmian North side Tilbury at the Pakex Stadium. The hosts were two ahead at the break as a brace from Michael Murray [21’ & pen 45’] set them on their way. Billy Lobjoit made it three nine minutes after the restart. The Scholars were a man down with twenty minutes to play as George Nicholas were given a straight red card. It didn’t affect the result though as Lobjoit completed his brace with his side’s fourth, eight minutes from time. After the match, Tilbury boss Gary Henty sadly resigned from his position.
Ramsgate 3 – 5 Bury Town
Venue: Southwood Stadium | Attendance: 209
Isthmian North side Bury Town sent their Isthmian South opponents out in a thriller at Southwood. The hosts led on three minutes through Alfie Paxman and doubled that lead on 26 minutes thanks to Tom Chapman’s goal. Town roared back though as goals from Cemal Ramadan [34’] and Ryan Jolland [38’] made it all-square at the break. Paxman struck again on 61 minutes to give the Rams the lead once again though three goals in seven minutes saw the visitors home as Ramadan completed his hat-trick [68’ & 75’] and Noel Aitkens’ goal [68’] sandwiched in the middle.
VCD Athletic 0 – 1 Bedford Town
Venue: Oakwood | Attendance: 65
Bedford recorded a narrow win at Oakwood. Jemale McKenzie-Lowe got the winner on 24 minutes as VCD headed out of this year’s competition.
Waltham Abbey 2 – 1 Faversham Town
Venue: Capershotts | Attendance: 75
Abbey sent their Isthmian South opponents out at Capershotts with a decent win here. Shad Ngandu gave the hosts the lead on 19 minutes before hot-shot Christian Assombalonga doubled the lead two minutes before the break. Faversham pulled one back through substitute Luke Griffiths [66’] though the Isthmian North side prevailed.
Walton Casuals 3 – 0 Canvey Island
Venue: Elmbridge Sports Hub | Attendance: 196
Walton pulled off a good win over Isthmian North side Canvey at the Elmbridge Sports Hub. Just before half-time, Josh Kelly put the Stags ahead. After the restart a brace from Lartley Sarpong [55’ & 62’] sent the Islanders out of this year’s FA Trophy.
Sunday 8th October
Romford 0 – 1 Hastings Utd
Venue: Ship Lane | Attendance: 130
Isthmian South side Hastings edged out their Isthmian North hosts at Ship Lane. Sam Adams got the only goal of the match on 16 minutes to see the Arrows through to the next round.
Thamesmead Town 1 – 1 AFC Hornchurch
Venue: Princes Park | Attendance: 116
The Urchins fought back to claim a replay in this tie at Princes Park. Paul Vines put Isthmian South side Thamesmead ahead after just seven minutes. The visitors left it fairly late to seal a draw though substitute Ross Wall did the job with 15 minutes remaining. The replay will be at Bridge Avenue in midweek.
Bostik Division North (Sat 7th October)
Hertford Town 2 – 2 Mildenhall Town
Venue: Hertingfordbury Park | Attendance: 191
Both these sides battled to a hard-fought draw at Hertingfordbury Park. Michael Toner put the hosts ahead two minutes before half-time though a penalty from Shaun Avis [67’] levelled for the Hall. Toner struck again four minutes later as Hertford re-took the lead though the visitors grabbed a point as Jake Chambers-Shaw levelled things with 11 minutes remaining. Hertford sit 13th in the table, level on points with today’s opponents who are one place above them on goal difference.