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Match Preview: Brackley Town

1 February 2019

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The Spireites host Brackley Town in the third round of the FA Trophy on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


Two weeks ago alterations were made to the way supporters can purchase matchday tickets at the Proact. The following changes have been implemented:

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  • Ticket office windows will close 15 minutes before kick-off.
  • There will be ticket checks at turnstiles on matchdays.


Team News

The Spireites are likely to be without Bradley Barry and Marc-Antoine Fortune for Saturday’s fixture after picking up injuries during last week’s game against Barrow.

However, during Thursday’s pre-match press conference John Sheridan confirmed that their injuries aren’t as serious as first feared, by saying: “I don’t think they are as bad as we first thought, which is good news.

“But you’ve got to be very careful with hamstring injuries.

“They are two good players and they both started for me last weekend, but it gives someone else a chance.”

Scott Boden will be unable to feature on Saturday due to his involvement in the FA Trophy with former club Gateshead, and Jack McKay is still awaiting international clearance. Josef Yarney, however, will be available for selection.


The Opposition

The Manager – Kevin Wilkin

Wilkin began his playing career at hometown club Cambridge City before signing a professional contract with Northampton Town.

After a five-year spell at the club, he moved Rushden and Diamonds in 1995. Wilkin went onto feature for the likes of Nuneaton Borough and Grantham Town before returning to Nuneaton as player/assistant manager in 2004.

Nuneaton parted ways with manager Roger Ashby and Wilkin was put in charge in a caretaker role but was eventually given the job full time in 2006.

Nuneaton Borough were liquidated at the end of the 2007–08 season and he was appointed manager of the reformed club, now known as Nuneaton Town.

Wilkin took them to a second place finish in the Southern League Division One Midlands and won promotion at the first attempt by beating Chasetown in the play-off final.

The following season, he guided the team to a second successive promotion. They defeated Chippenham Town in the play-off final after a second place finish in the Southern League Premier Division.

In the 2011/12 season, Nuneaton Town finished in fifth position in the National League North and beat Gainsborough Trinity 1-0 in the play-off final. It was the first time the club had been in the division for nine years.

He left Nuneaton for Wrexham in 2014 and took the North Wales club to the FA Trophy final in his second season. However, they lost on penalties to North Ferriby United.

After the FA Trophy final defeat, he was sacked by Wrexham but was appointed Brackley Town manager in September 2015.

In his first season at the club, Brackley reached the first round of the FA Cup but were beaten by John Sheridan’s Newport County in a replay.

They went one better in their next FA Cup campaign, reaching the second round after defeating Gillingham 4-3 in a first-round replay. However, Brackley were beaten 1-0 by Blackpool in the second round.

Last season saw Wilkins take Brackley to the FA Trophy final, where they faced Bromley at Wembley. The match ended 1-1, but the Northamptonshire club were victorious after winning on penalties.

They also finished in fourth place in the National League North table and progressed to the play-off final after beating Bradford Park Avenue. However, Brackley were defeated in the final 3-0 by Harrogate Town.

They currently sit in sixth position in the National League North.


One to Watch – James Armson

The 29-year-old joined Brackley from Solihull in 2016 after beginning his career as a youth player at Coventry City.

He was Brackley’s hat-trick hero when they knocked out Gillingham in the FA Cup back in 2016, and the midfielder is the National League North sides’ top scorer in the league this season with eleven goals.

The Spireites will have to be aware of the goal scoring threat that Armson possesses if they are to progress through to the next round.


Head to Head

This is the first time the two sides have faced each other.


From the dugout

John Sheridan: “If you’re a player then there is nothing better than if you’ve got an opportunity to play in a Wembley final.

“We are going to put a strong team out to hopefully get us through the tie.”


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