FA Trophy clash will rekindle Wembley memories for Blues boss Baker

LEEK Town lick off their Buildbase FA Trophy campaign at home to Loughborough Dynamo in the preliminary round this Saturday (3pm).

The money-spinning competition holds special memories for manager Neil Baker, who took Blues all the way to the Wembley final in 1990, where they lost 3-0 to Barrow.

There is an added incentive for Blues to progress as far as they can in this year’s competition with increased prize money at stake.

Saturday’s winners will pick up £3,000 from the FA prize fund, which increases in stages to £5,000 come the third qualifying round, and ultimately £60,000 for the winners of the final.

Loughborough and Blues have locked horns on on a number of previous occasions as opponents in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South.

However, a reconstruction of the league now sees the teams playing in different divisions, with Blues in Division West and Loughborough in Division East.

Baker has some prior knowledge of Loughborough as his assistant Peter Ward was their manager last season.

However, Baker pointed out: “They have changed personnel quite a bit, but we do know what to expect as Pete and Jamie (Cullerton) went to watch them against Market Drayton.”

Saturday is also national Non-League Day and Leek Town have a range of offers on food and drink plus a free gift for the first 300 people through the turnstiles. 

The match is being sponsored by The Winking Man pub.