Brackley Town are set to host the biggest match in their history on Sunday when they welcome FC Halifax to St James’ Park for the Blue Square North final.
Saints booked their place in the final with a 3-0, 4-2 aggregate, win over Altrincham last weekend and will face a Halifax side that beat Guiseley 3-1 over two legs.
Saints boss Jon Brady said: “Our supporters were fantastic against Altrincham and they will need to be even more vocal on Sunday. They can be our 12th man and they have to realise how much their support drives the players on.”
Victory for Brady’s side on Sunday would see them welcome the likes of Luton Town, Wrexham and Grimsby Town in the 2013/14 Blue Square Premier season.
Just nine years ago, Brackley were playing Level Nine football in the Hellenic League but they are now set for the biggest match in their 123-year history.
Brady added: “Brackley is only a small town, especially compared to ones like Halifax, but there are so many here that make the club tick, and this is the reward for them.
“We’ve been conscious to get local players from around the county to the club so that they feel a connection with the area.”
Both meetings between the two sides this season ended in goalless draws but only one team can prevail from Sunday’s encounter victorious, with a extra-time and even a penalty shoot-out possible.
Brady added: “We won’t be leaving any stone unturned to try and get through. If we have to go to penalties, we will have practised them.
“But our preparation will be the same as last week’s – no different – and we’ll approach the game in the same way, looking to win it. It will be important to start well again, that gives you the early momentum.”
Halifax went into the play-offs in poor form having won none of their final six matches of the regular season, but Brady is well aware of the threat they pose, particularly following their 2-0 away win at Guiseley last weekend.
He added: “We respect every player in the Halifax side so I’m not going to pick out danger players but we know who the are. They have done a great job to get to the final with so many games to play in the last few weeks.
“There is a mutual respect between me and Neil Aspin, he has done a good job to get his team to the final but he was able to rest quite a few players in the last few league games because of the size of his squad.
“But now it’s down to one game.”