SALFORD CITY begin their Buildbase FA Trophy campaign on Saturday away at fellow National League North side Brackley Town (Kick-Off 15:00).
It’s another tough draw for The Ammies against third-placed Brackley as they strive to reach the First Round for the first time ever.
Last season in the Third Qualifying Round Salford earned a replay against Harrogate Town after a 2-2 draw at The CNG Stadium, but lost the replay 3-0 at home.
Brackley, meanwhile, had a much better run in the competition and reached the Quarter-Finals where they lost away at eventual winners York City.
All five of The Saints’ draws were away last season, with the first three going to replays back at St. James Park, so Brackley haven’t lost a home FA Trophy tie since November 2015.
This tie provides an interesting match up with both Salford and Brackley harbouring promotion ambitions this season, so whether the management on either side choose strong line-ups or use the game as an opportunity to use fringe players remains to be seen.
PRE MATCH THOUGHTS
Ahead of the trip joint-manager Bernard Morley said:
“On paper it’s as tough as it comes but they’re beatable, we beat them at home two months ago, comfortably and if we apply ourselves like we should do, we can beat anybody in the league.
“As managers we want to win the league, that’s out main focus.
“However the FA Trophy gives lads opportunities that haven’t been playing over the last four or five games.
“If we go there full strength we’ll still be up against it, however we’ll probably make one or two changes.
“We’ve got to box clever with how we approach Saturday; if we were to lose would we be down, yeah we would because we want to win every game but if we were to replace getting knocked out of the FA Trophy with winning the league we would take that now.”
Earlier in the season when Brackley visited The Peninsula Stadium, Salford made it two wins in a row against The Saints after Jack Redshaw scored a brace, and in three meetings between the clubs Salford are unbeaten.
Salford City 2-0 Brackley Town (9/9/2017, National League North)
Brackley Town 0-1 Salford City (11/3/2017, National League North)
Salford City 1-1 Brackley Town (24/9/2017, National League North)
Admission at St. James Park is on the gate:
There is a Supporters Bus being run for £5 per seat which leaves the Henry Boddington pub at 10:30am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place!