A series of draws for the initial stages of the FA Trophy have been made at FA Headquarters. Now they are a Step 4 team the Diamonds are entered into the FA Trophy rather than the FA Vase this season.
The Diamonds enter the competition at the Preliminary Round Stage, and will host Basford United in a repeat of the two clubs’ FA Vase fixture back in November 2012. Basford have seen a rapid progression through the leagues since 2010, when they won promotion to the Central Midlands League South Division in 2010, gaining promotion to the East Midlands Counties League in 2011 and then to the Northern Counties East League in 2012. In 2014 they moved to the newly formed Midland League Premier Division, and after winning that last season they will play in the Northern Premier League Division One South this season.
The tie is due to be played on Saturday 3rd October, but confirmation of the date and other arrangements will follow in due course.
The winners of that tie have been drawn to host Grantham Town in the First Qualifying Round of the Competition.