FA CUP: Wilkin confident Brackley can upset league one Gills

Brackley Town boss Kevin Wilkin is confident his side can impress in tonight's FA Cup first round replay against Gillingham.

Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 1:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:02 pm

The Saints were 2-0 up at Priestfield Stadium in the original tie before a Frank Nouble double forced a replay at St James’ Park.

Brackley go into the game in good form thanks to Steve Diggin’s hat-trick, which helped them earn a 3-2 National League North win at Boston United on Saturday.

And Wilkin has plenty of belief in his players ahead of tonight’s tie, which will be shown live on BT Sport (ko 7.45pm).

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“Saturday’s scoreline shows that we only edged it but we created lots of chances throughout the game,” Wilkin said.

“It was a difficult place to go yet the character in this team has seen us take all three points.

“We needed excellent saves from Laurie (Walker) and again Glenn (Walker) was exceptional, the second goal was quite beautifully set up for us

“With the big cup game tonight it might have been easy to take our eye off the ball but we wanted to go there and to do the job.

“There is strength right through this side and the way we saw it out was terrific.

“To do well in our league you have to go to hostile places like that and take the game to the opposition.

“It was a bit nervy towards the end but we deserved the win, we have good players in this team and some experience to call on.

“If we can play at the level we are capable of and put in a shift then we will give a good account of ourselves tonight.”