Rocks out to topple Altrincham and reach Trophy last 16

Jason Prior puts Bognor ahead in their last Nyewood Lane outing, against VCD on Saturday / Picture by Tim Hale
Jason Prior puts Bognor ahead in their last Nyewood Lane outing, against VCD on Saturday / Picture by Tim Hale
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BOGNOR play one of their biggest games in recent years on Tuesday night when they host National League side Altrincham in the second round of the FA Trophy.

The Rocks have reached this stage by beating east Grinstead, Taunton, Bath City and Maidstone - those last two opponents coming from the National League side.

But Altrincham, even though they are struggling in the top tier of the non-league scene, are likely to provide tougher opposition still.

The second-round games were supposed to be played on Saturday but it wasn’t until then that Altrincham were able to play their fives-times-postponed first-round replay at Leamington, which they won 2-1 in extra time.

It’s more than five weeks since the Rocks reached round two, with a fine 1-0 win at Maidstone.

Manager Jamie Howell is without winger Alex Parsons, who is still getting over a knee injury sustained in last week’s win over Needham Market. But otherwise he has a full squad to pick from.

The second-round games were supposed to be played on Saturday but it wasn’t until then that Altrincham were able to play their fives-times-postponed first-round replay at Leamington, which they won 2-1 in extra time.

Bognor are on a fine run of home form - they have won their past five games at Nyewood Lane in all competitions, and not since November 21, when Dulwich Hamlet beat them 3-2, have they lost in front of their own fans.

The winners of the second-round game will visit National League South high-flyers Sutton in the last 16.

Full draw:

Torquay United v Truro City or Macclesfield Town

Grimsby Town v Havant & Waterlooville

Gateshead v AFC Fylde

FC Halifax Town or Barrow AFC v Chester FC

Woking v Oxford City or Cheltenham Town

Dover Athletic v Guiseley AFC

Sutton United v Bognor Regis Town or Altrincham

Bradford Park Avenue v Stourbidge or Nantwich Town