Tuesday night’s 3-2 win over Southern League Premier Central Division Royston Town sets up a trip on Saturday to National League Chesterfield in the 3rd round.
Kevin Wilkin made five changes to his starting line-up for Tuesday evening’s tie and one of those making a rare start, Ash Chambers, was among the scorers setting Saints on their way with a first minute goal before grabbing what proved to be the winner.
Brackley and Chesterfield met at the same stage of the competition two years ago when Saints, the then holders after the Wembley win against Bromley, won out through goals from Lee Ndlovu and Jimmy Armson.
Chesterfield are now under new manager, ex-Gloucester City’s James Rowe, and are hitting form unbeaten in four with three wins and last Saturday’s 6-0 win against Barnet when new signing from the Tigers, Akwasi Asante, scored a hat-trick.
Among their squad The Spireites have centre-forward Tom Denton, well known to Saints supporters, defender Laurence Maguire, brother of Manchester United’s Harry, and midfielder Curtis Weston who played for Millwall in the 2004 FA Cup final against United aged just 17.
“We’ve been there before and were fortunate enough to achieve a result,” Kevin Wilkin said. “It’s a terrific stadium that we’ll enjoy playing at and a good surface. It’s a competition we look forward to and have done well in over quite a period and want to continue to enjoy it. It will be a tough task for us to overcome of course. They are a full-time side in a good place at the moment. Their confidence is high and so is ours so it should make for an interesting tie.”
Chesterfield is currently in Tier 3 for Covid so spectators are not allowed into the ground. The game will be live streamed with proceeds shared between the two clubs. A match-day pass is priced at £10 available via the Chesterfield website.