Away again in the Trophy

The Imps have been drawn away at either Boreham Wood or Sutton in the Quarter Finals of the FA Trophy.

In a season of history making, this will be the first appearance at this stage of the competition since 1987/88, where we ended up being knocked out by Enfield.

The Imps have been unlucky with the draw once again, bagging a fourth consecutive away draw after wins against Nantwich, Gateshead and most recently Welling. If we were to negotiate this round we would at least be guaranteed one home match, the semi-finals are a two-legged affair.

We have yet to play at Gander Green Lane this season, the last time we visited Sutton was also the GMVC season of 1987/88 where we succumbed to a devastating 4-1 defeat. We are due to visit there in the league, but due to both teams FA Cup heroics that game hasn’t yet been given a date.

We’ve been to Boreham Wood just once, grabbing a 1-1 draw thanks to Matt Rhead last season. We’re still sue there this season as well, on March 17th.

Initial social media reaction to the draw was mixed, many fans were critical of the fact we were away yet again. In terms of progression in the competition it could have been much worse, Barrow or Macclesfield for instance. It certainly gives those fringe players another opportunity to test themselves against National League opposition, and not one of the sides challenging at the top.

I think it would disappointing if we weren’t welcoming in a two-legged semi-final by the end of this month.

Elsewhere Tranmere travel to Barrow for their quarter final tie, which clears at least one significant threat from the semi-finals, should we progress.