Pleased to be able to say that Dartford are now one step closer to the Carlsberg FA Trophy Final at Wembly. After a 4:2 win against Bromley they are now through to the quarter finals.
The draw for this hasn’t been made yet, but the teams through are:
Gateshead or Barrow (yet to play due to waterlogged pitch)
Dartford are the only ‘Southern’ team left in – Luton is nearer the Midlands so they don’t count! So whoever Dartford are drawn against, they have so far played in the League and mostly got a good result from. Dartford lost against Gateshead and drew against Barrow so either way that would be an interesting line up. Dartford drew against Wrexham and Southport and beat Grimsby and Luton at home. Newcomers are Gainsborough Trinity and Halifax Town. Gainsborough Trinity are currently 4th in the Blue Square North league and beat Tamworth who are a league above.
FC Halifax Town are 8th in the same league. Their Manager Neil Aspin said about their win over Chelmsford:
“And the work-rate today was excellent, we showed great commitment and togetherness and we thoroughly deserved to win the game.”
We wait with interest. Dates for the next rounds are as follows:
|Fourth Round Proper||Saturday 26 January 2013|
|Semi Final 1||Saturday 16 February 2013|
|Semi Final 2||Saturday 23 February 2013|
|Final||Sunday 24 March 2013|
Cant help but look into the future – or rather the past:
On another note, at the start of the match on Saturday, Dartford’s longest serving player Ryan Hayes, the midfielder, reached the milestone against Cambridge United received an engraved silver plate in recognition of his 250th start.
As of Monday 13 Jan, the FA published the draw for the 4th Round.
FC Halifax Town v Dartford 15:00Southport v Wrexham 15:00Gainsborough Trinity v Gateshead or Barrow AFC 15:00Grimsby Town v Luton Town 15:00
|Wrexham||v||Gainsborough Trinity or Gateshead or Barrow|
|Grimsby Town or Luton Town||v||FC Halifax Town or Dartford|
2nd Leg – Saturday 23 February 2013
|Gainsborough Trinity or Gateshead or Barrow||v||Wrexham|
|FC Halifax Town or Dartford||v||Grimsby Town or Luton Town|