FA Trophy Preview
Monday 3rd October 2016 @ 12:26 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Four of our local sides begin their FA Trophy campaigns this weekend.

Hyde United, Droylsden and Mossley have been handed away ties at Colwyn Bay, Lancaster City and Northwich Victoria respectively, while Glossop North End will take on Tadcaster Albion at Surrey Street.

Interestingly enough, three of the fixtures will mark the second time that the sides have met this season.

In August, Hyde marked their first away game in the Evo-Stik First Division North with a 3-1 loss at Colwyn Bay, while Droylsden picked up one of only two victories this season with a 3-1 win at Lancaster City on the opening day.

Glossop enter Saturday’s clash against Tadcaster having already succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Billy Miller’s side at the end of September.

Subject to a replay, Mossley will face Northwich Victoria for the only time this season.

Following last seasons play-off final defeat to Spennymoor Town in the northern league, Northwich have been allocated a position in the southern league this season.

The Lilywhites’ tie is taking place on Sunday due to a ground sharing clash at Wincham Park between Northwich and Witton Albion.

Considering results from previous encounters, what can our sides expect from their opponents this weekend?

As it currently stands, Colwyn could pose a difficult challenge for Hyde after getting off to a decent start this season.

Perched just outside the play-off spots in 7th place, the Seagulls have accumulated 16 points from their opening ten games this term with five wins, one draw and four losses.

Managed by Paul Moore, Colwyn fell to their first league defeat in six games at Ossett Town on Saturday.

Hyde enter the game in 15th spot following a relatively poor start to the season.

Darren Kelly’s side have only mustered 11 points from their opening nine games.

They’ve also been eliminated from the FA Cup and Doodson League Cup in the process.

The Tigers have an opportunity this weekend to build on recent league results which have seen them go three games unbeaten.

In a similar position to Hyde, Droylsden will also be hoping that a decent FA Trophy run can kick-start a somewhat poor start to proceedings.

Having failed to build on a victory and draw in the opening two games, Dave Pace’s side lie dangerously close to the relegation zone in 18th spot on 10 points.

Their opponents, Lancaster, were purged from the FA Cup on Saturday despite a valiant effort against Kidderminster Harriers.

The Dollyblues fought back twice in the clash but had no answer to Tyrell Waite’s effort in the 52nd minute.

Harriers have subsequently been rewarded with a tie against Weymouth in the fourth qualifying round.

Lancaster have certainly put their opening day defeat to Droylsden behind them, picking up five victories, one draw and one loss since then.

Competing in step eight for the second season, Glossop have made a decent start to their campaign with four wins and four draws in their opening ten games.

One of the Hillmen’s two losses this season came against their FA Trophy opponents, Tadcaster, at the end of September.

Chris Willcock’s side were beaten 2-1 at the i2i Stadium.

Having achieved promotion from the Northern Counties East Premier Division, Tadcaster have made a terrific start to the season.

The Brewers have claimed 17 points from their opening nine games, thus placing them in fourth spot.

Mossley managed to arrest their worrying league run at the weekend with a 1-1 draw at league leaders Brighouse Town.

Prior to claiming the point, the Lilywhites had lost their previous three league fixtures, conceding nine goals in the process.

Managed by former Curzon Ashton assistant Adam Lakeland, Northwich have got off to a relatively decent start this season, collecting three wins and four draws from their opening 11 games.

Winners of this weekend’s preliminary round ties will receive a prize fund of £2,500.