After last Saturday’s 3-0 FA Trophy win it is a return to National league North action on Saturday when Altrincham are the visitors to St James Park.

Phil Parkinson’s side beat Bradford (PA) last Saturday and have been drawn against Stockport County in one of the picks of the round.  Meanwhile Saints were drawn against either Brightlingsea Regent or Hayes and Yeading United.  Brackley have never played either team.  After Tuesday night’s replay it will be Hayes who visit SJP in the first round on 15 December and Saints will be especially wary of meeting another side from a lower league given the FA Cup defeat against Marine.

Altrincham were promoted last season and have stormed up the table in recent weeks as one of the form teams with four successive home wins.  The last three away games include a win at Chester, a draw and a defeat.

The most recent encounter at Brackley between the teams came at a fog-bound SJP in January 2017.  The re-arranged fixture ended goal-less and in complete farce as already thick fog became even denser so that nobody knew what was actually happening.  In the bright sunshine of April with Altrincham already relegated Saints won 3-1 with Steve Diggin, Jordan Hempenstall and Lee Ndlovu on the score-sheet.

Of course Brackley Town supporters hold “Alty” forever in their hearts as the venue of Saints’ first ever game at Conference North level, the memory cemented by the 4-1 win.  The clubs met again later in that 2012/13 season in the play-off semi-finals when Saints won through over two legs to reach the play-off final losing out only at the death to FC Halifax.

With the two sides locked together on 28 points, having the same goal difference and lying in 7th and 8th position it promises to be a tight encounter with precious points at stake as both sides strive to edge further into contention at the top.

If you cannot get to the game you can follow the action on BBC Radio Oxford and via twitter on the Brackley Town club website.