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7 months ago By Stevie R

Blues make the short journey to Glossop North End on Saturday for a Second Qualifying Round tie in the Buildbase FA Trophy.

There’s £4000 up for the grabs for the winners who will see their winnings in this year competition go past the £10k mark as both sides have collected £6250 for their two victories so far.

Glossop and Leek have had a similar path to this stage so far with both putting out a side from their own division in the Preliminary round in Tadcaster Albion and Lincoln United respectively.

In the First Qualifying Round both sides created upsets by knocking out a team from a higher level 3-2 at home. The Hillmen beat Derbyshire rivals Matlock Town whilst Blues had a memorable victory over Kettering Town.

Victory for Glossop will see them progress to the furthest point they have reached in the Trophy, however they have played more often in the FA Vase and have recent Wembley pedigree having twice made the final in 2009 and 2015.

The two sides last met back in January in the Integro Cup at Harrison Park when after a 2-2 draw the Hillmen progressed by winning the penalty shoot-out. The last league meetings between the teams was back in 1986/87 when a certain Neil Baker was in his first season in charge of the Blues!

Glossop are currently fourth in the EVO-STIK North and were unbeaten at home until last Saturday when they threw away a 2-0 lead against Prescot Cables, by conceding three goals in seven minutes late on to lose 3-2.

Baker will need to make at least one change to his starting eleven with midfielder Mike Calveley being recalled by Port Vale.

The Blues boss is on the look-out for reinforcements having also lost Kyle Blake to injury for remainder of the season, but he does have the option of drafting one or more of fit-again trio Dan Shelley, Jordan Johnson and Sam Grimshaw into the line-up.

Commenting on Calveley to the Sentinel, Baker said, “Mike has been playing really well for us and he brought something different to the team. He has quality about him and you can tell he has been training regularly with a professional club. He’s a first-year pro there and will be a big miss for us.”

However the Blues boss has no fresh injury worries ahead of what he believes will be a high intensity game.

He said: “I have had them watched a couple of times and they like to play a high intensity game. They play a bit more direct than us. They like to get the ball up early to their big lad up front.

“It will be a real test for us because it will be a physically demanding game and we will have to stand up to them and show a bit of mettle.

“But I think my players are up for the challenge, they can handle themselves.”

Town are likely to have a big following at Glossop with around 80-100 supporters expected to make the trip.

Updated 10:33 - 12 Nov 2017 by Stevie R

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