PREVIEW: Brackley Town set for Gillingham replay

Billy Turley is suspended for Monday's replay. Picture by Barry Goodwin
Billy Turley is suspended for Monday's replay. Picture by Barry Goodwin

Brackley Town manager Jon Brady has a virtually fully fit squad to pick from for tonight’s televised FA Cup first round replay against Gillingham.

Left-back Curtis McDonald (injury) and goalkeeper Billy Turley (suspended) are both out of the tie, but former Gillingham striker Gary Mulligan is expected to return to the starting line-up, alongside Steve Diggin up front, after sitting out Saturday’s goalless draw with Leek Town in the FA Trophy.

Twenty-year-old goalkeeper Alastair Worby is set to take the place of Turley in the Saints goal after impressing in Saturday’s draw.

Gillingham, meanwhile, have been hit by injury with Steven Gregory (groin), Danny Kedwell (shin), Michael Harriman (international duty), Amine Linganzi (hamstring), Craig Fagan, Danny Hollands and Elliott Hewitt (all ineligible) all absent.

Brackley boss Jon Brady said ahead of the tie: “It’s very exciting for the club. In the whole scheme of things it’s probably a good thing we got the replay.

“Ultimately, if we went through in the first game at Gillingham, we wouldn’t have the cameras here and the financial reward that comes with it. We we can do so much with that money as a football club, so that’s a real big positive.”

Brackley have so far sold 1,600 tickets to Saints fans with around 200 Gillingham supporters expected to make the trip from Kent.

Predicted starting line-up (3-5-2): Worby; Austin (c), Solkhon, Sharpe; Reid, Towers, Sandy, Walker, Nisevic; Diggin, Mulligan.