Wilkin has to shuffle pack for cup clash

Brackley Town's Steve Diggin turns inside Gainsborough Trinity's  Matt Wilson
Brackley Town's Steve Diggin turns inside Gainsborough Trinity's Matt Wilson

Brackley Town are back on the Emirates FA Cup trail again this weekend.

Saints entertain Bamber Bridge in the fourth qualifying round and are just one step away from a possible tie with a Football League club.

There is a real desire to get out there and perform

Saints boss Kevin Wilkin

Saints knocked out Gillingham in 2013 and will be looking for another big tie if they can get through.

The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side are two levels below Saints but manager Kevin Wilkin knows his side will have treat the Division One North outfit with respect after they beat Kettering Town in the previous round.

And Dan Farrell could make his FA Cup debut after keeper Dan Crane joined Hednesford Town following a seven-day approach.

On-loan Cambridge United striker James Akintunde and Oxford United loanee Aidan Hawtin have not been given permission to play by their parent clubs. But another new signing, Kidderminster Harriers midfielder Joe Clarke is available.

Steve Diggin plays his last game before serving a one-match suspension after his booking on Saturday.

Wilkin said: “It’s nice to be able to plan for the FA Cup tie on the back of a league win and that’s a massive boost. After Saturday there’s a spring in everyone’s step.

“We’ll take nothing for granted, we need to keep the same levels, work hard during the week and go again on Saturday. And losing Dan Crane has not helped us.

“But there is a real desire to get out there and perform.”