The draw for the First Round of the FA Trophy has seen the Dons drawn at home to Boreham Wood. We have lent Luke Garrard to them in a bid to regain some match fitness, although he would be cup-tied for this competition should we progress, and cannot play against us in this tie. Although this looks an easy tie on paper lets not forget we were eliminated by a side two divisions below us last year, albeit on their pond like surface in the pouring rain.
During the notorious pre-Christmas run in the Dons attendances normally shrink slightly, so a cup game against visitors two divisions below us won’t exactly pack out the stands. However lets not forget this is a competition we can win, and the news that there are six all-BSP ties means there can only be a maximum of eighteen BSP sides through to the last 32.
Of the all-Conference ties, Stevenage and Oxford, two sides who could be considered early favourites have been given easy looking ties at home to Ebbsfleet and Hayes respectively. The Cambridge-Luton, Wrexham-Altrincham and Mansfield-Tamworth ties only serve to ensure the strongest of these sides will progress to provide tricky potential opponents in the next round. You would expect Kettering to knock out Barrow but it won’t be easy for them.
As for potential shocks, broke Chester at home to cash-rich Fleetwood looks the tie to put your money on. Bashley beating Crawley would be fantastic if unlikely, as I feel we are destined to meet our friends from Sussex more than once more this season… Woking will feel they have a decent chance hosting Forest Green, and Grays must fear a trip to Worcester, but you would imagine the rest of the teams in our division will be feeling fairly confident, although the Maidstone-Histon tie could be decent.
The ties will be played two weeks this Saturday on 12th December.