On Saturday we welcome Needham Market FC to The Arena for the 2nd qualifying round of The Buildbase FA Trophy.
This we will be Brentwood Town’s fifth cup tie in the last six matches and we have done well to make progress in all three of the knockout competitions in which we are still involved. We have often found our best form this season in the cups. However, we are yet to win a cup match at home, having won FA Trophy replays at South Park and Bedford Town, and Velocity Trophy matches on the road at Canvey Island and Soham, plus a penalty shootout win at West Essex in the Essex Senior Cup earlier this week. Needham Market have a good record at this ground, so perhaps we should hope for a draw Saturday and trust our away form continues in a replay on Tuesday at Needham, where we have a pretty good record in the past.
Needham Market won the Isthmian North Division in the same season in which we were ourselves promoted via the play-offs and they are now enjoying their third season in the Premier Division, currently in eighteenth place in the league table. Needham Market knocked out Arlesey Town of the Southern League East Division in the 1st qualifying round of the FA Trophy. They will be favourites on Saturday, and we will be looking forward to the challenge of meeting a team from a higher league.
We look forward to seeing you at the Brentwood Arena on Saturday for what should be an entertaining afternoon.