National League North side Brackley Town will look for an FA Cup giant killing as they welcome Gillingham to St James Park in a first round replay.

The first tie ended in a 2-2 draw, after underdogs Brackley Town raced to a two goal lead before League One Gillingham fought back in a hectic first half to send the game to a replay.




Saints boss Kevin Wilkin spoke to the Banbury Guardian before tonights first round clash.

“It is a great tie for everybody and it’s an opportunity the players worked hard for” said Wilkin.

“They got themselves two goals in front in that first game and now have to go and do it all again.

“We are respectful of the task ahead but if we play to the level we are capable of and put in a shift, we’ll give a good account of ourselves.

“This is a small club but the game will attract a big crowd. If we stay focused we have a chance.”

Wilkin will be hoping for a repeat of the Saints clash with Gillingham back in 2013, a game which saw Brackley Town progress to the FA Cup second round for the first time in the clubs history.

Although weary of an upset, opposition boss Justin Edinburgh is confident of his sides chances after notching consecutive wins since the draw at St James Park.

“It’s a really important fixture for us” said Edinburgh.

“The previous game gave us an insight into Brackley as a team and also their personnel.

“We know the expectation is for us to win and that’s no disrespect to Brackley but they led 2-0 so we know what they’re capable of.

“We know what the TV cameras are there for and we’ve got to make sure we’re not going to be that upset.”

Quotes: Banbury Guardian 


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