Stockport County travel south to Northamptonshire on Tuesday as they prepare for their FA Trophy quarter final replay versus Brackley Town.
The two sides played out a 1-1 draw last Saturday and will now face each other for the chance to appear in the two-legged Trophy semi-finals against Wealdstone.
One of the southern-most sides in the division, Brackley Town are also one of the smallest. At 427, The Saints had the lowest average attendance in the National League North last season despite an impressive campaign in which they missed out on the play-offs by a single point. That finish, in the upper echelons of the division, was their highest ever but the club are well-placed to go one better this year, sitting third in the division going into the FA Trophy clash this weekend.
Last season, County faced the Northamptonshire side no less than four times, losing in the league at home and eventually in the FA Trophy after the game went to a replay. The Hatters did, however, put in a fine away performance at St James’ Park to come away with the three points in a 3-0 league victory.
Current form suggests it will be a tough evening for the Hatters, the Saints have only lost one match in their last 17 games, and dumped National League side Barrow out in the last round of the competition before drawing to the Hatters last Saturday.
As has been the case for all the previous rounds of the trophy this season, Jim Gannon will likely name a strong team for the quarter final replay, especially considering as the Hatters last played 10 days previously.
Rhys Turner could be in for a first start since limping off injured against Southport in January, whilst Sam Minihan may feature but is likely still returning to fitness following his operation earlier in the season.
Jamie Stott is cup-tied after appearing for Curzon Ashton in the competition earlier this season, which means Michael Clarke could return to action after only appearing on the bench in recent games.
St James’ Park, Churchill Way, Brackley, NN13 7EJ
Admission for the match will cost supporters £13/£6/£3 with pay-on-the-gate available for both home and away fans.
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