NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Derby date for Wisbech Town following FA Trophy reprieve

Adam Millson scored for Wisbech as they were beaten 2-1 by Kidsgrove Athletic in the FA Trophy - but

Adam Millson scored for Wisbech as they were beaten 2-1 by Kidsgrove Athletic in the FA Trophy - but their opponents have now been thrown out of the competition. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Town are determined to make the most of their second chance in the FA Trophy tonight.

The Fenmen have been reinstated in the national competition after opponents Kidsgrove Athletic fielded an ineligible player when knocking them out at the preliminary round stage last month. Kidsgrove won 2-1 but have subsequently been booted out.

Wisbech now entertain Yaxley - the team who beat them to the United Counties League Premier Division title on goal difference last season - in the first qualifying round this evening at the Elgoods Fenland Stadium, 7.45pm.

Assistant manager Daz Edey said: “We’re grateful to have another chance to play in the FA Trophy and hopefully we can grab it with both hands.

“Its a local derby against a side we know well and it would also be great if we could get a bit of revenge against Yaxley after they pipped us to the league title last season.

“I’m sure it will be an exciting game and we’ll be doing everything we can to progress.”

The winners will then host Ramsbottom in the next round this Saturday.

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Success in the FA Trophy would provide a confidence boost for a Wisbech side who dropped into the Northern Premier League Division One East relegation zone last season.

The Fenmen were agonisingly beaten 1-0 at Sheffield side Stocksbridge Park Steels with the hosts’ goal arriving in stoppage time.

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