The FA Trophy returns this weekend with National League North and South sides joining the survivors from Steps 3 and 4 in the second round.

There have already been upsets, with the likes of Salisbury, FC United of Manchester and Carshalton Athletic going out to lower-ranked opposition.

Who will be left with egg on their faces come Saturday afternoon? Read on as we highlight some of the key fixtures, along with match odds and picks from Betfred

Bradford (Park Avenue) vs Marine 

Mark Bower’s National League North strugglers may have a two division advantage over Marine but will underestimate them at their peril. 

NPL West leaders Marine have already knocked out Premier division high flyers South Shields, and have won in all three rounds so far via a penalty shootout.

They are also on an eight game winning streak in the league, with Park Avenue winning just twice over the same period. 

Marine fell at this stage last year to Step 2 opposition - going down 1-0 to Southport. Park Avenue also bowed out at the first opportunity, losing 3-1 to divisional rivals Chester. 

The Lilywhites have proved they can equal higher ranked opposition over 90 minutes, so a full time 1-1 draw may be tempting at 13/2.

Match odds: Home win 20/21, Draw 13/5, Away win 21/10

Brentwood Town vs Dulwich Hamlet 

Gavin Rose’s Dulwich take the short trip to Essex to take on in-form Isthmian North side Brentwood Town.

The home side have gone on a five game winning streak coinciding with new manager Rod Stringer arriving last month. 

It’s the first time the club have taken their place in the second round proper, and have already knocked out Staines Town, AFC Sudbury and Corinthian Casuals to get this far.

Promotion chasing Hamlet’s own five game unbeaten run came to an end last Saturday in a 2-0 defeat to Oxford City.

Hamlet made it to the third round last season, before losing to eventual winners Hornchurch. 

Given the home side’s form, it probably won’t be a stroll in the park for Hamlet despite the two-step gap between the clubs. A 2-1 away win is available on Betfred for 6/1.

Match odds: Home win 9/2, Draw 10/3, Away win 4/9

Canvey Island vs Tonbridge Angels 

This tie smells like a cupset waiting to happen as Isthmian North leaders Canvey Island welcome Step 2 strugglers Tonbridge Angels.

The Islanders have already won four ties to reach this stage, after having to forfeit in the qualifying rounds last year due to players displaying Covid symptoms. 

The side have continued their fine form under new boss Brad Wellmen, after their previous boss Mark Bentley left for a first team role at Southend United. 

They have won eight on the bounce and are unbeaten in the league this season.

Tonbridge meanwhile, are struggling in the National League South with no win in five games.

They’ve failed to score in four of those five games, picking up just one point from the last 15. 

Canvey Island won the Trophy in 2001, beating Forest Green Rovers in the final at Villa Park.

Wellmen’s side are on a high and the last thing Steve McKimm needs is an away tie at lower ranked opponents. A 2-0 home win is available for 14/1 with Betfred. 

Match odds: Home win 8/5, Draw 5/2, Away win 13/10

Liversedge vs Lancaster City

NPL East side Liversedge will look to add another scalp to their collection as their dream debut season in the competition continues.

Liversedge remain unbeaten this season, winning all but one of their league games to date. 

They have already taken out NPL Premier sides in Scarborough Athletic and Basford United, and will look to make the hat-trick with Lancaster. 

Meanwhile, Lancaster have won both their games in the competition so far 2-1 against divisional rivals Gainsborough Trinity and Witton Albion.

They picked up an impressive 1-0 win over Buxton last weekend, a result that ended a run of three straight defeats. 

This game could well be a league fixture next season, but if you fancy a surprise this weekend a 3-1 home win is available for 14/1 via Betfred. 

Match odds: Home win 11/8, Draw 13/5, Away win 7/5

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