For the fans, by the fans; another hour and a bit of the best in non league as the FA Trophy and FA Vase take their final steps towards Wembley.
Leyton Orient sit top of the National League and go into this weekend’s FA Trophy semi final second leg 1-0 up on AFC Telford United, but assistant coach Ross Embleton knows there’s still much to do this season to secure anything.
In the FA Vase, co-host Dave Anderson takes his side to Witton Albion’s ground on Sunday to meet groundsharers Northwich Victoria for their first leg of their semi-final. One of those greeting them will be vice chairman Ian Egerton, who explains why his club is on it’s way back up and what it means to the club to be in the FA Vase semi-finals.
In the other FA Vase semi-final, Canterbury City are at ‘home’ in Faversham on Saturday to division rivals Cray Valley Paper Mills. Manager Ben Smith expresses some doubts as to the fairness of that draw, but is well aware of the task ahead and what needs to be done so that as a manager of just 31 he can lead his side out at Wembley.
In a week when England C were back in action against a Welsh side, Matt Badcock, senior writer at The Non-League Paper reports back on the match and why he thinks the set up will long continue in the FA’s plans.