After back-to-back FA Trophy ties against Stockport County it is once more National League North action on Saturday as Saints travel to take on …. Stockport County.
Brackley is apparently The Hatters’ most frequent opponent since the Greater Manchester team was relegated from the National League. There have been no fewer than eight encounters in the last two seasons alone with wins for both sides among the outcomes but with Brackley having the edge overall.
Games have invariably been keenly contested as was the case at Edgeley Park in the initial FA Trophy quarter-final tie and again on Tuesday night at SJP in the replay. Speaking after Tuesday’s match Kevin Wilkin acknowledged it was a close game: “We had to work hard without the ball. Stockport played well and had lots of the ball. Not a lot of teams have come to St James Park and done that.”
Both teams were unchanged on Tuesday night from the starting line-ups in the first tie that finished level. It is unusual for sides to meet three times in ten days. The sides certainly know each other well and both managers will no doubt be weighing up whether to make changes.
Stockport are 10th, just five points outside the play-off places, while Saints are third behind leaders Salford, who won in midweek with an added time second goal against Tamworth, and Harrogate. On Saturday Salford are at home against Blyth Spartans while Harrogate entertain FC United.
If you can’t get to the game then follow the action on BBC Radio Oxford with updates from 2.30pm and on the club website via the Twitter-feed.