Wilkin willing Saints to avoid big cup shock

Brackley Town's on-loan full-back Jack Truelove gets forward against Hednesford Town. Photo: Refuel Performance Management

Brackley Town's on-loan full-back Jack Truelove gets forward against Hednesford Town. Photo: Refuel Performance Management

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Newly-appointed Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin will be working with his players for the first time this week and emphasising the need for them to approach this weekend’s Emirates FA Cup tie in the right manner.

Wilkin, who enjoyed success in the Conference with Nuneaton Town and Wrexham, took over from caretaker-manager Frank Sinclair at St James Park and will be in charge of his new team in Saturday’s second qualifying round tie at Tooting & Mitcham United.

There will be some shocks on Saturday and we’ve got to make sure we’re not one of them

Saints boss Kevin Wilkin

Wilkin said: “There will be some shocks on Saturday and we’ve just got to make sure that we’re not one of them.

“We will be the favourites, playing at a higher level, but the players will have to apply themselves to get the right result. I will be meeting the players for the first time this week but I saw the last three games so I know quite a lot about them already.

“It will be a test of character for them, it always is whether you are the favourites or the underdogs.”

Ediie Odhiambo and Richard Batchelor are still ruled out but Greg Kazibone should be fit for Saturday’s tie at the Ryman League Division One South outfit.

Looking long-term, Wilkin is confident he can bring success to St James Park in the Vanarama National League North.

He added: “It’s a well run club and I’d like to think I could bring them similar success to what I achieved at Wrexham and Nuneaton.

“I know Brackley has a much smaller catchment area but it would be great to get more people through the gates.

“There is a good infrastructure at the club and there is a pathway for young players to come through.”