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Justin Donawa prepares for ‛intense’ FA Trophy showdown with Aldershot Town

Justin Donawa

Justin Donawa is confident that he and his Solihull Moors team-mates can be equal to the task in today’s Buildbase FA Trophy fourth-round clash away to Aldershot Town.

“I think it will be an intense match,” the Bermuda forward said. “However, we know what we are capable of, and I believe we have the tools to win this game and move to the next round.”

Solihull and Aldershot recorded thumping wins respectively over Farsley Celtic (4-0) and Welwyn Garden (5-1) in the previous round.

“I believe the FA Trophy, in general, is another great opportunity for non-League clubs to fight for some additional silverware,” added Donawa, who joined Solihull from Darlington last year.

“The final is held at Wembley and I can’t imagine that there’s any player or manager at this level or any level that wouldn’t want to compete there. So in that regard, it’s an exciting competition.”

Today’s cup-tie will be the first meeting between the Vanarama National League rivals since Solihull prevailed 2-1 at home in the league in August 2019.

The previous scheduled meeting last April was cancelled because of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The winner of today’s match at the EBB Stadium will face either Boston United or Chesterfield, the club of Donawa’s Bermuda team-mate Milan Butterfield, on February 6.

Boston and Chesterfield will do battle in their fourth round cup-tie tomorrow.

Butterfield is back at Chesterfield from a month’s loan spell at National League North outfit Guiseley.

However, his prospects of featuring in manager James Rowe’s plans continue to look ominous with the latter confirming that the Bermuda midfielder’s future is being analysed as the club have taken steps to reduce their squad.

Coincidentally, Solihull’s last outing was at home to Chesterfield in the league, which they won 2-1 at SportNation.bet Stadium on January 5.

They were scheduled to host Dagenham & Redbridge on January 9 and leaders Torquay United three days later, but both matches were called off because off reasons related to Covid-19.

“It’s no secret that Covid has altered and got in the way of every team’s preparation for every match,” Donawa, the former Somerset Trojans forward, said. “Lots of games have been postponed, which leaves an extremely busy second half of the season.

“We’ve had a couple layoffs due to Covid, which hasn’t been ideal. But we’re back in training with a mission to win and to keep climbing the table with every game.”

Solihull’s next league outing, away to Yeovil Town on Saturday, has also been postponed because of a Covid-19 case in the Yeovil squad.

Meanwhile, Donawa’s Bermuda team-mate Jonté Smith could also be in action in the FA Trophy today with Woking, who are away to Bromley.

The 26-year-old striker joined Solihull’s league rivals last week, having agreed to the terms of a deal keeping him at Kingfield Stadium at least until the end of the season.

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Published January 19, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated January 18, 2021 at 8:59 pm)

Justin Donawa prepares for ‛intense’ FA Trophy showdown with Aldershot Town

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