Hartlepool United v Brackley Town
Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying
Saturday 19th October, 3pm
Brackley Town have already beaten Cinderford Town and Warrington Town in this season’s FA Cup to set up their first-ever visit to Victoria Park this weekend.
The Saints have been in strong form in National League North too and, despite last week’s surprise defeat at Southport, they still sit sixth in the table ahead of Saturday’s trip to Pools.
Managed by former Northampton Town and Rushden & Diamonds front man Kevin Wilkin, Brackley have made big strides in recent years and have reached the play-offs in each of the last two seasons.
They remain unbeaten on their own patch so far this season and if they can discover a way to deliver the same consistency on the road in the coming months then few would bet against them making it third time lucky in their bid to reach the fifth tier.
One To Watch
Lee Ndlovu provides the focal point for Brackley Town’s attack and his hard-working approach and eye for goal means he’s one of the most-feared front man in National League North.
The 24-year-old hit the net more than 20 times last term as The Saints made the play-offs and he’s scored three in his last five games ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup trip to The Vic.
A former Ilketon and Grantham Town centre-forward, Ndlovu has been on the books at Brackley since February 2016 and is one of the first names on the team sheet.
Head To Head
Saturday’s FA Cup will be the first ever competitive meeting between the two clubs.
On The Whistle
Andrew Kitchen has been appointed to take charge of Saturday’s FA Cup tie in what will be his second visit of the season to Victoria Park.
The official is new to the National League’s list of referees this term and he was on the whistle at The Vic when we were beaten 3-2 by Bromley in the opening month of 2019/20.
So far, Kitchen has overseen five games in the National League – his most recent outing was at the end of September when he watched Wrexham defeat Ebbsfleet United 1-0.
Pools legend Brian Honour will once again be alongside Mark Simpson to deliver full live commentary of Saturday’s game here on the Official Website.
We provide fans all over the world with FREE live commentary of every game – home and away – so if you can’t get along to The Vic on Saturday make sure you join us for full coverage.
We’ve slashed ticket prices for Saturday’s game to just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions so why not come along and enjoy some cup football with us?