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Date: 14-11-16 gif Harriers set to renew old acquaintances
After what seemed like an eternity of waiting the draw for the FA Trophy 3rd rd qualifying games were made today and the Harriers have been drawn to play either AFC Rushden & Diamonds or Lincoln Utd.  Technically we have never played either team but the very mention of R&D will bring back memories of our keenly fought games against the original version of the club.

Who will ever forget the 1999-2000 season when we played them at Aggborough in front of a crowd of over 6,200 and won 2-0 to set us on our way into the Football League.  Rushden followed us the following season and went into the 3rd Division two years later while we eventually went the other way back into the Conference.  Rushden weren't far behind us though and by 2006 they had come back down too but this time their slide down was terminal and within five years they found themselves out of existence when their founder Max Griggs withdrew from the club and left it in the hands of people that didn't know what they were doing.  The club got expelled from the League and the ground, Nene Park, closed down for a while before being taken over by the also doomed Kettering Town and now Nene Park lies in ruins.

As is always the case the fans still cared and they formed a new club with the prefix AFC that now play in the Northern Premier League Division One South where they groundshare with Wellingborough Town at the Dog & Duck Ground.

First they have to get past Lincoln Utd but if they don't then we'll be playing another team that we have met before.  Twice we have come up against the other Lincoln team and both games were also in the FA Trophy of the 1998 vintage.  In November of that year we drew 2-2 at Aggborough with both our goals scored by Mark Yates but in the replay two weeks later we lost 2-1 to go crashing out.  Our solitary goal was scored by Paul Webb.

Whoever we play then the game will be at Aggborough on November 26th.

The full draw is as follows:

Stocksbridge Park Steels v Stalybridge Celtic

Harrogate Town v Salford City

Witton Albion v Boston United

Mickleover Sports v Brackley Town

Gainsborough Trinity v Alfreton Town

King's Lynn Town v St Ives Town

Shaw Lane Association v Nantwich Town

Altrincham v Blyth Spartans

Ramsbottom United or Redditch United v AFC Telford United

Matlock Town v FC Halifax Town

Farsley Celtic v Tamworth

Chorley v Hednesford Town or Stafford Rangers

Kidderminster Harriers v AFC Rushden & Diamonds or Lincoln United

Curzon Ashton v Worcester City

FC United Of Manchester v Nuneaton Town

Stockport County v Bradford (Park Avenue)

Gloucester City v AFC Fylde

Darlington v Marine or St Neots Town

Ebbsfleet United v Harrow Borough

Merthyr Town or Slough Town v Wingate & Finchley

Truro City v Frome Town

Hampton & Richmond Borough v Royston Town

Concord Rangers v Welling United

Kings Langley  AFC Sudbury

Weston Super Mare v Dartford

Worthing v Hemel Hempstead Town

Hungerford Town v Gosport Borough

Oxford City v Hastings United or South Park

Bath City v Basingstoke Town

Chelmsford City v Taunton Town

Margate v East Thurrock United

Leiston v Eastbourne Borough

Poole Town v Weymouth

Havant & Waterlooville v Brightlingsea Regent or Harlow Town

Winchester City v Dulwich Hamlet

Maidenhead United v Wealdstone

Burgess Hill Town or Chalfont St Peter v Biggleswade Town or Hitchin Town

Whitehawk v St Albans City

North Leigh v Kingstonian or Tonbridge Angels

Merstham or Hythe Town v Bishop's Stortford

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