Evo-Stik Northern Premier side, Nantwich Town, and Ryman Premier’s Bognor Regis Town caused huge upsets to progress to the last four, with both beating National League opposition. Nantwich Town went through in the most dramatic fashion, as they saw off Dover Athletic in second half stoppage time with the final goal in a 2-1 victory. Bognor Regis held the winning advantage for much longer during their elimination of Torquay United, with Snorre Nilsen the hero of the day, scoring in the 50th minute, to continue a remarkable journey for the Rocks.
The only National League side through to the Semi-Finals so far is Grimsby Town, who were 2-0 victors over fellow league opposition in the form of Woking. Two first-half goals from Nathan Arnold were enough to send The Mariners through to the last four. FC Halifax Town and Gateshead was another all National League Quarter-Final, but neither side could progress on the day, as they played out a goalless draw at The Shay. Gateshead will host the replay on Wednesday 2 March.
Back to the performance of the day which came from Nantwich Town, a superb victory considering it was versus a side pushing for the play-off places in the National League. Nantwich took the lead against the team from two leagues above in the 55th minute, thanks to a goal from Elliot Osborne. Dover levelled things up fifteen minutes later when Richard Orfu struck, but the drama would not end there, the winner coming from Liam Shotton in the dying embers of the game. The substitute’s header will be etched into The Dabbers’ history for years to come, with Wembley now just one round away. Nantwich will also continue with their quest to make history by becoming the first side to win both the FA Trophy and the FA Vase, the latter a trophy they won as recently as 2005-06.
Bognor Regis Town ensured that there are two sides from the third level of the non-league pyramid in the final four, with an impressive 1-0 victory against National League basement club, Torquay United. Snorre Nilsen, on loan from Portsmouth, headed home from close range five minutes into the second half, which was enough to see off the former Football League side. Torquay pressed for an equaliser, but it was Bognor’s day as their record FA Trophy run continues into the Semi-Final’s.
Bognor Regis Town 1 Torquay United 0
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