THE STUDENTS of Team Bath may have been making the headlines this week with their exploits in reaching the first round of the FA Cup, but it was Yeovil Town who predictably drew by far the biggest attendance of the fourth qualifying round.
A crowd of 4,393 turned out at Huish Park on Tuesday to see the Somerset side end Bath City's hopes of joining their neighbours from the University of Bath in the tournament proper. Yeovil's 3-1 victory in a fourth qualifying round replay took them into the first round for the 49th time - a total that far surpasses that achieved by any other non-League club.
Two headed goals by Yeovil's Mali-born striker Abdoulai Demba and a long- range strike from Michael McIndoe were enough to see off their Dr Martens League opponents, whose consolation goal came from Adrian Foster. The Glovers will now entertain the Second Division strugglers Cheltenham Town and must be hopeful of gaining their 21st FA Cup win - another non-League record - against a Football League club.
The UniBond League outfit Barrow were backed by the majority of a crowd of 1,919 at Holker Street on the same night, as they battled their way to an enthralling 4-3 victory over Nuneaton Borough.
The Nationwide Conference team seemed to be in charge at the interval, when they led 3-1, but they let in three goals in the last 12 minutes of the replay. …