FA Trophy fever for Braintree

BRAINTREE Town face arguably their biggest home game for years when they entertain former Football League side Kidderminster Harriers in an FA Trophy fifth round replay at Cressing Road tonight (7.

By Mike Bacon

BRAINTREE Town face arguably their biggest home game for years when they entertain former Football League side Kidderminster Harriers in an FA Trophy fifth round replay at Cressing Road tonight (7.45pm).

Iron grabbed a terrific draw in the Midlands on Saturday and now have the added incentive of a home draw in the quarter-finals should they see off Kidderminster tonight, with Halifax Town awaiting the winners.

Iron chairman Lee Harding admits his club is delighted to get a second bite of the cherry.


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“Kidderminster are full-time, had won eight straight games before Saturday and are the form team of the Conference - the best team in non-league football right now if you like,” he said.

“And for us to grab a draw at Aggborough was a terrific result.

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“It would be a big shock if we were to beat them, but I know manager George (Borg) will have the team well up for it as usual and at our compact ground, we'll have to see.”

Braintree's achievement on Saturday was remarkable because, apart from winning their last eight games, Harriers had also scored in their last 15 games.

Iron will be boosted tonight by the return of skipper Bradley Quinton, who missed Saturday's clash through suspension.

A large crowd is expected for this very attractive Trophy clash and fans are asked to arrive as early as possible.

Admission is £10 adults and £5 for concessions (senior citizens and under 16's).

There will be no extra charge to sit in the Main Stand, while tonight's match will be the first to utilise the new turnstiles recently built at Cressing Road.

The full sixth round draw is: Welling United v Grays Athletic, Morecambe or Stevenage Borough v Salisbury City, Northwich Victoria v Gravesend & Northfleet, Kidderminster Harriers or Braintree Town v Halifax Town.

Ties to be played Saturday, February 24.

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