Brackley Town face Newport County in the Emirates FA Cup 1st round tomorrow in what Brackley striker Steve Diggin (pictured) announced as a “winnable” tie after the draw was made.
And he’s right. While Newport have improved under the guidance of John Sheridan since he took over from ex-England hero Terry Butcher, The Exiles remain a struggling side in League Two, just ripe for a shock exit.
Diggin’s confidence is to be applauded, but Brackley can’t afford to get too cocky, especially when it must be considered that Newport’s best form has come on their travels this campaign.
But as we have seen with Salford City, Altrincham, Eastleigh and Forest Green Rovers already this weekend, all winners against league opposition, the gap between non-league and league sometimes isn’t all that huge. And let’s not forget, Newport have only been a league team since 2013.
On a personal note I’d just like to add how much I appreciate Brackley Managing Director Jan Butters’ attempts to get us a ticket for the game.
When it was announced that the game would be an all ticket affair, I was worried that I’d miss out on a ticket, as driving to Northamptonshire from Derbyshire just for a ticket for a football match might not have gone down too well with the missus.
So I emailed Jan and she very kindly offered to take payment over the phone. As it turned out, an online booking system was then launched and Jan’s assistance was not necessary. But the gesture alone from the club’s MD demonstrated just what a friendly and welcoming club Brackley are.
So we’ll be there tomorrow, Mark and I, as we continue our FA Cup Quest. The journey down should be interesting, too, considering that he’s a Derby fan and I’m a Forest fan. A few shouts of “1-0 to the famous team” should shut him up as he rants about promotion despite his team’s loss to mine on Friday night.
Anyway, that was yesterday. Tomorrow is cup day. Come on Brackley!