Hughes must be contained if Saints are to progress

Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin
Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin
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Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin knows just what a good run in the Emirates FA Cup can bring to a non-league club.

And Wilkin will be hoping to get past Worcester City in Saturday’s third qualifying round tie.

Lee Hughes is still a very good player in and around the box so we’ve got to make sure we don’t give him space and time

Saints boss Kevin Wilkin

Wilkin said: “Everyone knows the rewards of doing well in the FA Cup, it’s a very special competition. It’s away but we’ll be doing everything we can to get through on Saturday and then see where it takes us.

“Worcester beat us here a few weeks ago, it was a game in which we dominated possession but they won it with a penalty and a goal on the counter-attack.”

Lee Hughes didn’t play at St James Park in that game but the veteran striker was on target in City’s second qualifying round victory replay at AFC Telford.

Wilkin added: “Lee Hughes is still a very good player in and around the box so we’ve got to make sure that if he plays, we do not give him space and time in the area.”

Wilkin is hoping that Liam Slade will be available for the tie after agreeing to join the club from North Ferriby United.

The versatile defender will need to have his registration cancelled by North Ferriby if he is to feature for Saints on Saturday.