After an action-packed August and September contesting 12 league games, 2 FA Cup qualifying ties and a Senior Cup fixture Brackley move into October in buoyant mood after Saturday’s excellent FA Cup performance and victory over National League South Braintree Town. Saints travel to York City in National League North on Saturday before re-joining cup action at home against Billericay Town who won out in a midweek replay against Hungerford.
The trip to Bootham Crescent will be Saints’ second encounter against The Minstermen having contested an FA Trophy quarter final there last February on a day when gale-force winds were a major factor in an exciting game. Jon Parkin scored the vital goal on the day and the much-travelled striker celebrated a big milestone just three weeks ago passing the 200 mark in goals for City.
York parted company with manager Gary Mills after last Saturday’s FA Cup exit at South Shields. Mills started his second spell at the club in October 2016. Relegation from the National League and the current 7th place in National League North were deemed insufficient and Martin Gray was appointed as the new manager having left Darlington. In a further change Dave Penney was appointed Sporting Director.
In a statement issued by the board, chairman Jason McGill commented on the reaction of some to the changes and said, "I sincerely hope all true supporters will welcome Martin Gray and Dave Penney as we all, collectively, seek to achieve the aspirations of this football club."
Brackley go into the game in third place looking to stay in touch with the front-runners of Harrogate and Salford.
York’s 7th place comes after home form that has brought just 2 wins from 6 games with 3 away victories.
Kevin Wilkin got what he had wished for in Monday’s FA Cup 4th qualifying round draw – a rare home tie! – but the team’s focus is fully on the league trip to York.
Jimmy Armson remains an injury doubt in an otherwise full squad available for selection including many of the side that played at York in the Trophy last year.
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