Match Preview: Brackley Town

Bradford (Park Avenue) will visit Brackley Town on Saturday, returning to the scene of last season’s play-off semi-final defeat.

The Saints advanced into the 2018 Vanarama National League North play-off final with a narrow victory over Bradford in May, but were beaten by Mark Bower’s side on the opening day of the 2018/19 campaign.

Once again, the Northamptonshire-based side are chasing promotion and find themselves just three points adrift of 7th-placed Chester. Bradford occupy 3rd place in the division but are still searching for their first win of the calendar year.

Kevin Wilkin’s side haven’t been defeated since before Christmas and secured a 1-0 win over Alfreton Town last Saturday.

GUIDE TO THE OPPONENTS:

The Gaffer:

Kevin Wilkin

The 51-year-old took charge of the Saints back in 2015 after being relieved of his duties as manager of Wrexham. He began his managerial career with Nuneaton Borough, who he also represented as a player. During his playing career, he made over 75 appearances for Northampton Town and also enjoyed spells with Cambridge City and Rushden & Diamonds.

Ones To Watch:

Daniel Lewis

A gifted goalkeeper, Lewis is an integral part of Brackley’s squad. The veteran stopper proved to be a thorn in Bradford’s side during the play-off semi-final meeting and will be hoping to keep the Yorkshire side’s frontline at bay again.

Daniel Nti

An athletic talent, Nti can operate on the flank and as a striker. The 25-year-old has enjoyed spells in Yorkshire with F.C Halifax Town and York City and has also plied his trade with Nuneaton Borough, Kidderminster Harriers and Worcester City.

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