The Dolly Blues welcome the FA Trophy back to the Giant Axe on Saturday as they entertain Stourbridge to try and earn a place in the Third Round Qualifying against South Shields.
The two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the War Memorial Athletic Ground last Tuesday with City seeing themselves two goals behind in the early stages of the game.
However, goals from Rob Wilson and Jack Armer ensured City completed the comeback and brought the tie back to the Giant Axe.
City’s Recent Form
The Dolly Blues are looking to build on Tuesday’s victory against Colne in the Integro League Cup first round. Despite manager Mike Fell making seven changes to the side that claimed all three points against Scarborough Athletic, City secured a 2-1 victory. Lewis Fensome and Kieran Feeney with the goals.
City’s last three results:
City 2-1 Colne FC- 19/11/2019 (Integro League Cup first round)
Scarborough Athletic 0-1 City- 16/11/2019 (BetVictor Northern Premier League)
Stourbridge 2-2 City- 12/11/2019 (FA Trophy second qualifying round)
After managing to force an FA Cup first round replay, the Glassboys succumbed to a 3-0 away defeat at National League side, Eastleigh FC on Tuesday night.
Stourbridge FC’s most recent league game was at the start of the month where they played out an enthralling 3-3 draw against Needham Market FC. The stalemate at Bloomfields meant that Stourbridge sit 13th in the BetVictor Southern Premier Central.
Stourbridge’s last three results:
Eastleigh FC 3-0 Stourbridge- 19/11/2019 (FA Cup first round replay)
Stourbridge 2-2 City- 12/11/2019 (FA Trophy first round)
Stourbridge 2-2 Eastleigh FC- 9/11/2019 (FA Cup first round)
City will be looking to start brighter on Saturday and avoid conceding in the early stages again. The Dolly Blues are in fantastic form and will be aiming to stretch their impressive unbeaten run to 13 games. Fell’s men have made the Giant Axe a fortress, having only lost there once this season in all competitions.
Stourbridge, despite their heavy defeat against Eastleigh, have only lost once in 11 games. The Glassboys will be looking to cause an upset on Saturday and end City’s unbeaten run.
City V Stourbridge kicks off at 3PM on Saturday 23rd November at the Giant Axe.
Match Preview from Ben Rooth.