Just four games from Wembley – FA Trophy Preview

The third round of the Buildbase FA Trophy takes centre stage in non-league football this weekend, with sixteen clubs still eyeing a visit to Wembley in May.

Sutton United are the current favourites to win the competition, but they face a tricky looking trip to face Brackley Town.  The National League North promotion chasers drew 0-0 at home to Barrow in the previous round, but their 2-0 victory in the replay proved they are a team to be feared.

Sutton are odds-on favourites to win the game, although they may need a replay before progressing to the next round. If you’re inclined towards betting, you can use this new customer offer at Coral to wager on the match.

Warrington Town’s reward for knocking out National League side Ebbsfleet United in round two is a visit to Wealdstone.  Tony Gray and Jamie McDonald both scored as Town defeated their higher league opponents in a replay, but the home side are strong on their own patch and they should secure a place in the quarter-finals.

Dover Athletic will continue their quest for FA Trophy glory as they welcome Leyton Orient to the Crabble.  The Whites have never progressed beyond the semi-finals in this competition, but they have lost just four out of 16 games at home this season and are likely to be too strong for the former Football League side.

The other all National League tie sees Maidstone United host Gateshead in one of the two long-distance tie of the round. The North East side have lost one of their four previous meetings with Maidstone and may reach the last eight after a replay.

Bromley face a difficult test as they head north to face Northern Premier League side Workington AFC.  The Cumbrians have lost just three of the 16 home games in the league this season, but Bromley’s 4-1 success at Blyth Spartans in the previous round shows they are capable of getting the job done away from home.

Billericay Town, the Isthmian League’s last club in the competition, also face a tough assignment as they travel to meet National League North’s Harrogate Town.  Billericay have won 10 out of 11 away games in the Bostik Premier Division and they are well-placed to secure another step up the non-league ladder.  However, the home side are pushing hard for promotion to the National League and could be a decent wager to make it through to the quarter-finals.

Maidenhead United and Spennymoor Town also look solid selections to progress to the last eight against Stockport County and East Thurrock United respectively.

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