MARTIN Rowe believes Brackley Town will be gunning for Gresley FC as the sides go head-to-head again tonight in the FA Cup second qualifying round.
The Moatmen held Brackley to a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park on Saturday and face off again at the Moat Ground, kick-off 7.45pm, with a home tie against another Conference side – Boston United – awaiting the winner.
“Getting a home draw is great,” said Rowe.
“We’d be looking at another big crowd, like tonight, which is good for the club.
“But it’s still a tough one because they are a good side.
“If a few decisions had gone our way, we could have won on the night.”
Though Rowe felt key decisions went against his side on Saturday, he also acknowledges that Brackley will be looking for blood after being held at home.
“It’s a different kettle of fish and they’ll be upset they’ve got to come all the way to Gresley – they probably don’t even know where that is.
“We’re at home so we’ve got to be a bit more attacking.”
Danny Holmes is a professional development phase coach and under-13s manager with Derby County and has found his duties increased in the wake of Nigel Clough’s dismissal, so will not be available tonight.
Rob Spencer could play after his hamstring was not risked on Saturday, but Liam Guest will still be cup-tied and Matt Roome is at university.
That should see Mitch Hanson return at right-back, while new signing Harry Austin will be involved.
GRESLEY FROM: Etheridge, Hanson, Guy, Strzyzewski, Barrett, Grice, Graves, Jepson, Oliver, Nadat, Lyons, O’Connell, Goodfellow, Spencer, Johns, Withers, Kirk, Austin.