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FA Competitions Cribbs (blue/white) v Newport Isle of Wight (yellow)  31-10-2020

Buildbase FA Trophy Semi Finals

Two National League teams went into the two FA Trophy semi-finals on Saturday as favourites to reach the Wembley Final in May. However, their opponents from the lower levels both caused upsets to see both of the fancied teams crash out of the competition.

Hereford FC from the Vanarama National League North went through to the Final courtesy of a single goal from Joey Butlin who headed home Michael Bakare’s cross after 22 minutes to defeat Woking 1-0. Hereford were last at Wembley for the 2016 FA Vase Final where they lost 4-1 to Morpeth Town.

Awaiting them in the Final under the famous Arch will be Isthmian Premier Division club Hornchurch who defied all the odds to eliminate Notts County on their own Meadow Lane pitch. After falling behind to an early goal by Kyle Wootton, Hornchurch levelled the scores after 38 minutes with a goal from captain Lewis Spence. Their relief was short-lived, as County restored their lead just four minutes later thanks to Ruben Rodrigues. However, there was still time before the interval for the Essex side to equalise once again through Liam Nash who finished off a fine team move. Elisha Sam must have thought he had settled the issue with a 78th-minute goal, but, as in the first half, Hornchurch fought to the end and in time added-on at the end of the 90 minutes Nash netted to make the final score 3-3! The Urchins then proceeded to book their place in the Final 5-4 on penalties. Manager Mark Stimson is hoping to complete a hat trick, having led both Grays Athletic and Steveage to Trophy success in the past.