Saturday’s goal-less FA Trophy draw at St James Park means the two sides meet again at Barrow’s Holker Street ground on Tuesday evening with a 7.45pm kick-off. This second round tie will be settled on the night with extra time if needed and then penalties. The third round draw is due to be made on Monday so the teams will know who their opponents will be in the next round of 16.
Speaking after Saturday’s game Kevin Wilkin felt his side had played well and that the draw was the least his side deserved. “They barely threatened Danny Lewis’ goal,” he said. “We passed and moved the ball well and we are disappointed not to win the game. It was an opportunity missed today but we have another chance on Tuesday. We had to work really hard to create chances and they defended very well. They have terrific away form so it was always going to be a good contest.”
Looking ahead to the replay Wilkin was wary of the extra game. “It is a long way to go midweek and not ideal because the league is our priority of course. We will have to be strong and disciplined on Tuesday to get anything up there.”
Barrow were missing cup-tied Grant Holt but gave a first start to on-loan winger from League One Bury Chris Humphrey.
Brackley welcomed the return of striker Aaron Williams after sealing Williams’ signature for the rest of the season. “I am delighted to have Aaron on board and at the club,” said Wilkin. “He is a good player and good goal scorer as we have seen. I started Aaron on the bench today because Lee [Ndlovu] and Andy [Brown] did so well at Nuneaton in our win last Saturday and deserved their starting places today. So we had a strong bench and others waiting in the wings too.”
Reflecting on Williams’ signing Wilkin felt it was the right thing for the player to continue at St James Park. “The club has backed me to keep him here and it is the right thing for him. I hope he will continue to be successful and continue to be strong for us for the rest of the season.”
In the likely event that you will not get to Tuesday evening’s replay, follow the action via the Brackley Town website.