FA Cup: Wilkin looking forward to the draw

Brackley Town's Richard Batchelor challenges Bamber Bridge's Joe Booth at St James Park
Brackley Town's Richard Batchelor challenges Bamber Bridge's Joe Booth at St James Park

Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin is hoping his side can pull out a Football League club in tonight’s (Monday) Emirates FA Cup first round draw.

Saints beat Bamber Bridge 3-0 in Saturday’s fourth qualifying round tie thanks to a brace form Steve Diggin and a goal for Richard Batchelor at St James Park.

Wilkin said: “It’s the third time the club has got to this stage of the competition and we will look forward to the draw. A home tie against Football League oppostion would be great for everyone at the club but whatever the draw throws at us well will take.”

Wilkin had to make changes for the tie with keeper Dan Crane departing for Hednesford Town while on-loan duo Aidan Hawtin and James Akintunde were not given permission to play by their parent clubs. Sam Horby made his debut betwen the posts and Wilkin added: “I was delighted with the performance, particularly with the changes we had to make from the Gainsborough game.

“Ideally, we would have gone with the same 11 from the Gainsborough game but the players who came in knew they had to step up to the plate and they did. Sam Hornby has got a lot of non-league experience and is a very confident young man, I thought he was excellent for us.”