Worksop aim to be giantkillers in push to reach last 16

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WORKSOP Town face one of their biggest matches for years tonight when they bid to reach the last 16 of the FA Trophy.

They face Newport County, the former Football League club, at Sandy Lane in the second round, the tie having been postponed twice previously due to a frozen pitch.

There is a great incentive because the third round draw gives the winners a home tie against Carshalton Athletic from the Ryman League Premier Division - the equivalent in football’s pyramid to Worksop’s placing in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Newport, managed by ex-Spurs defender Justin Edinburgh, lost their place in the Football League in 1988. They went defunct and reformed in 1989, re-starting further down the leagues and working their way up to their current position in the Blue Square Bet Premier where they are currently fifth from bottom.

Worksop have ‘previous’ in the giant-killing stakes this season having beaten Blue Square Premier side Tamworth in the last round.

They have former Chesterfield and Rotherham United man Mark Hudson in midfield and striker Jamie Jackson, once at Chesterfield.

In the FA Vase fifth round, Staveley MW have got a home tie against Oadby Town on February 11 with the winners going into the quarter-finals.