Taunton welcome back four players in to the fold for their FA Trophy 2nd Round Qualifying tie at Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division side Chesham United tomorrow (27 October), kick-off 3.00pm. Owen Irish, Rodney Marsh, Lee Smyth and Dave Hambly all return after missing last weekend’s defeat at Cirencester, meaning manager Leigh Robinson has virtually a full-strength squad to select from apart from centre half Gary Saunders who is still absent with a toe injury and goalkeeper Connor Sidley-Adams who is suspended which means Blackburn Rovers loanee Matthew Urwin continues between the sticks.
The only previous occasion that the two sides have met was during the 2006-07 season when both resided in the South and West Division of the Southern League. Town were 1-0 winners in the home fixture but lost by the same scoreline in Buckinghamshire; Chesham were subsequently switched to the Midland Division where they spent three seasons before gaining promotion to the Premier via the play-offs at the end of 2009-10.
Town bridged the divisional gap in the last round when they triumphed at Frome Town and despite again being underdogs tomorrow, Town boss Robinson feels his side are more than capable of causing an upset. “ It’s the first time in weeks that Martyn and I have had a selection problem of the good kind as nearly everyone is available”, he said. “Of course Chesham will be a huge test but we came through a similar challenge at Frome with flying colours so there is no reason why we can’t do so again. We’ve had a difficult few weeks with some poor results but this is a great chance to put all of that behind us in a one-off cup game.”
Next Wednesday's scheduled League match at home to Mangotsfield United has been postponed regardless of whether tomorrow's game requires a replay. United have to restage their Red Insure Cup tie with Clevedon Town next week after floodlight failure caused the tie to be abandoned on Monday evening.