After a convincing 5-1 win in the last round against Stratford Town, the Coasters are back in The Buildbase FA Trophy this Saturday, hosting Biggleswade Town.

The Opposition

Name: Biggleswade Town

League Form: LLWDDW

Ground: The Carslberg Stadium

League Position: 5th

Biggleswade Town, situated east of Bedford (a good 200 miles from Mill Farm), are a team chasing promotion, and currently find themselves occupying the 5th spot in the South Premier Division Central.

Whilst they’ve not been the biggest of goalscorers, having only netted 38, Biggleswade Town have been a hard team to beat – only tasting defeat four times this season.

Despite this fact, Town recorded an emphatic 6-4 win away at Royston Town early in December, in what manager Lee Allinson described as a “strange game’, but one he was no doubt happy to come out on top of.

This fixture represents the biggest day in Biggleswade Town’s history, having never reached this stage of the competition before, nor having played a National League side.

They’ve overcome two Vanarama National League South sides on their run, in Gloucester City and former FA Trophy winners Wealdstone.

One To Watch

Joe White has been the man the Waders have been turning to for goals so far this campaign, with the striker netting 10 already.

Nineteen-year-old White joined on loan from Stevenage back in October, following a 28 loan deal with Wealdstone earlier in the season.

White came back to haunt Wealdstone in the first round of The Buildbase FA Trophy, as part of the side that overcame the Stones 2-1, with another former Wealdstone player Matt Ball landing the final punch.

White will actually be making his second appearance at Mill Farm, having come on as a late substitute for Dagenham and Redbridge in August 2017, in a 2-2 draw in the National League.

He’s been in a hot run of form, and bagged 6 league goals in December alone, driving the Waders forward in their push for promotion.

From The Manager’s Office

Speaking to BBC Lancashire, an honest Dave Challinor spoke about how his squad selection is almost picked for him this weekend, as expired loans and injuries leave little room for flexibility. 

Other Games To Keep An Eye On

There are some big ties coming up this weekend in the Trophy, with none bigger than Wrexham hosting Leyton Orient at the Racecourse ground.

Both sides will have been amongst those tipped to go all the way to Wembley, so no doubt this crunch game could determine one of the competitions big players.

Elsewhere, Salford City host Dagenham and Redbridge, whilst Spennymoor Town will welcome Sutton United, following the decision for them to be reinstated in favour of Bromley due to an ineligible player.


There’ll be match updates from our Twitter as usual, with pre and post-match interviews, and more, and you can tune in on Fylde Coast Radio 2.