Friday, 6 November 2009

Road to Wembley (November 09’)


This was actually a feature I had wanted to do at the start of the season in August and update it every month and have only got round could be bothered to do it now. Basically, having seen a game in each of the three main FA Competitions this season and all of them in the very 1st round of that competition too, I just wanted to see how each victor from the games I saw got on and who they could have been playing, etc. I’ll update this once a month until May when the final of the FA Cup, Trophy and Vase take place so it should be an interesting few months ahead in the cups!

FA Cup:

Having seen Barnstaple dispatch Tavistock in the Extra Preliminary Round they then faced Wessex Premier side Poole Town who they only marginally lost 7-2 to. Poole then were favourites to beat fellow Western Premier team Willand Rovers but the Devon side managed a 1-0 win where they faced Bath City in the 2nd Qualifying Round. Bath won that 5-0 before also hammering Bishop’s Cleeve in Quali R 3 before a showdown at Twerton Park against AFC Totton. Bath raced into a 3-0 lead before two late Totton goals gave them a scare, but Bath were through to the 1st Round proper where they play Grimsby Town tomorrow. A game they actually might win as Grimsby are doing everything they possibly can to get relegated this season.


Extra Prelim Round: Barnstaple Town 3-1 Tavistock (Att: 124)
Prelim Round: Poole Town 7-2 Barnstaple Town (232)
1st Qualifying Round: Willand Rovers 1-0 Poole Town (163)
2nd Qualifying Round: Willand Rovers 0-5 Bath City (422)
3rd Qualifying Round: Bishop's Cleeve 1-4 Bath City (398)
4th Qualifying Round: Bath City 3-2 AFC Totton (740)
1st Round: Grimsby Town - Bath City ()

FA Trophy:

Having not gone to Derbyshire to watch the Belper Town vs Clitheroe replay in the Trophy Preliminary Round, I was quite surprised to find out Clitheroe won 4-1 away at Belper to go through to play Bradford Park Avenue in the 1st Qualifying Round. Another surprise at Clitheroe won here 1-0 (maybe they can only play good football on a flat pitch?) to set up a 2nd Qualifying Round tie at Salford City. A game I was meant to be at and missed was an 8 goal classic (*sigh*) with Salford coming through 5-3. As the Qualifying Rounds are regionalised, Salford would have been delighted to find out that their 3rd Qualifying Round game is away at local rivals Kings Lynn. Only 164 miles away in Norfolk. Kings Lynn are also in the Unibond Premier meaning they are seen as a “Northern” club. Hmm… (Thanks to Google Maps for the picture)

the North


Preliminary Round: Clitheroe 1-1 Belper Town (164)
Prelim Round Replay: Belper Town 1-4 Clitheroe (152)
1st Qualifying Round: Bradford Park Avenue 0-1 Clitheroe (310)
2nd Qualifying Round: Salford City 5-3 Clitheroe (143)
3rd Qualifying Round: Kings Lynn - Salford City ()

FA Vase:

The Vase doesn’t really get going until later this month so fewer games have been played in this competition even though we are now already in Round 2. Melksham’s win over Marlow United saw them take on another Hellenic Premier club in Fairford Town which Melksham cruised to win 5-2. They crashed out however in the 1st Round proper at Almondsbury Town who also are a Hellenic Premier team. They play Christchurch in Round 2.


1st Qualifying Round: Melksham Town 3-1 Marlow United (61)
2nd Qualifying Round: Melksham Town 5-2 Fairford Town (50)
1st Round: Almondsbury Town 3-1 Melksham Town (40)
2nd Round: Christchurch - Almondsbury Town ()

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