Brady targets FA Cup run ahead of Boston clash

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Brackley Town manager Jon Brady is confident his side will overcome fellow Conference North side Boston United in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup this weekend.

Both sides have made a strong start to the Skill Conference North season, with Saints second and Boston three points behind in fifth.

Ahead of the FA Cup clash, Brady said: “The league is the most important thing for us but the FA Cup is an opportunity to really dare to dream.

“Everyone in the country loves the FA Cup and it gives non-league teams the chance to have a run, bring in new support and possibly play teams higher than they usually play.But we’ve got to get through the first hurdle against Boston and they’ll be tough because they’re doing very well.

“I would probably rather the Boston game than someone like Gresley because I know we’ll lift ourselves and we’ll look forward to the challenge of playing them. They’ve started well but we’re at home and I expect us to beat them.”

Last weekend, Brady’s side maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 victory over Vauxhall Motors courtesy of goals from Steve Diggin and Izak Reid.

Brady added: “I thought for the first 25 minutes we were excellent. We pressed them hard, dominated the game and that’s how we got our first goal – through pressing. I felt, at times, there were too many gaps between the back four, the middle four and the front two, and they were allowed to play between the lines.

“I’m more annoyed and disappointed rather than relieved by the fact that we had to hold on. We should have been dominating that game right to the end. But take nothing away from Vauxhall, they passed the ball and moved the ball very quickly, like we did in the first 25 minutes.”

Brackley are second in the table, one point off leaders Hednesford, but Brady feels there is still more to come from his side, adding: “Maybe we could be a little bit critical but the fantastic thing is that I feel we can still be 50 per cent better. It’s not a bad position to be in if you’re not pushing yourself to the limit but are second in the league.”