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Edwards Happy With Trophy Draw

Craig Edwards, manager of Ryman League Premier Division club Billericay Town, admits he will be happy either way after his side were handed an FA Trophy trip to either Barkingside or Guernsey.

Both sides are newly-promoted to Ryman League Division One level, and Edwards will take his side to one of the two in the first qualifying round on October 19.

If big-spending Guernsey win, it will mean a trip on a plane for Edwards' Blues for the tie, but the altogether shorter trip to Barkingside would be a sentimental one for the Town manager.

"Barkingside is the first side I ever managed at," he said.

"I had fantastic success there and I look forward to either of those ties.

"Guernsey would be a big crowd, they're an up and coming club.

"To fly to the game would be a good experience as well.

"If Barkingside turn them over it will be a great experience for me as well.

"I think it will be the first time I've ever gone back to play against Barkingside.

"I was manager for two years there, I had unbelievable success and it would be the first time I've ever played them, so that would be good as well."

The FA Cup threw up a home tie with fellow Ryman League Premier Division outfit Leiston, and Edwards (pictured) admits it will be a tough one to overcome.

"Probably at this stage of the competition you'd hope for a team from a lower division, but it is a home draw.

"Leiston have spent a lot of money so it'll be a tough game."

> Jon Phipps /


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