Billericay up next for St Albans City in FA Trophy if they beat Harrogate Town in a replay

Tom Bender celebrates the opening goal of the game. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Tom Bender celebrates the opening goal of the game. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

St Albans City will face cash-laden Billericay Town in the last 16 of the FA Trophy – providing they can get past Harrogate Town in their replay.

Shaun Lucien takes on the Harrogate defence. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Shaun Lucien takes on the Harrogate defence. Picture: BOB WALKLEY - Credit: Archant

Billericay have been one of the stories of the non-league season, as they battle for promotion from the Bostik League Premier Division.

Harvey Bradbury is closed down by three players. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Harvey Bradbury is closed down by three players. Picture: BOB WALKLEY - Credit: Archant

The Blues, who boast the likes of Jermaine Pennant and Jamie O’Hara in their squad, have plenty of links with Saints, with former City boss Harry Wheeler the assistant manager.

Rhys Murrell-Williamson goes past Joe Leesley. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Rhys Murrell-Williamson goes past Joe Leesley. Picture: BOB WALKLEY - Credit: Archant

They beat Stourbridge 3-2 on Saturday to progress.

David Noble tries his luck from the edge of the box. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

David Noble tries his luck from the edge of the box. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

Tom Bender’s second-half header meant Saints were just 25 seconds away from securing their place in the third round of the competition.

Solomon Sambou bursts forward. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Solomon Sambou bursts forward. Picture: BOB WALKLEY - Credit: Archant


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But that was before a short clearance was pumped back into the box for Joe Leesley to finish.

Tom Bender heads the Saints into a 66th minute lead. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Tom Bender heads the Saints into a 66th minute lead. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

The two sides meet again at Wetherby Road tomorrow night (Tuesday).

Rhys Murrell-Williamson looks on as his shot is blocked. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Rhys Murrell-Williamson looks on as his shot is blocked. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

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Should they get through City will be just four games from Wembley and only two from two-legged semi-final.

FA Trophy third round draw in full:

ST ALBANS CITY or Harrogate Town v Billericay Town

Maidstone United v Gateshead or Boreham Wood

Maidenhead United v Kidderminster Harriers or Stockport County

Wealdstone v Ebbsfleet United or Warrington Town

Brackley Town or Barrow v Sutton United

Dover Athletic v Leyton Orient

Spennymoor Town v East Thurrock United

Weston-super-Mare or Workington v Bromley

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