Brackley Town boss Kevin Wilkin hopes his side can back up last season’s memorable FA Trophy success by achieving the ‘ultimate aim’ of promotion this season.

Saints begin their sixth successive season in the National League North with a trip to Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday, before Alfreton Town are the first visitors to St James Park on Tuesday next week. Wilkin’s men agonisingly missed out on promotion to the National League in May, beaten by Harrogate Town in the play-off final.

But they swiftly put that disappointment behind them by winning the FA Trophy with a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory over Bromley at Wembley just seven days later. Now the dust has settled and attentions are on the forthcoming season, Wilkin hopes his side can launch another promotion challenge.

”The ultimate aim is promotion,” Wilkin said. “That’s what we want to do and be focused on first and foremost.”

“We want to be as competitive as last season and try to build on it league-wise.

We know it’s not going to get any easier.”

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