Attention turns away from National League North football to the FA Cup on Saturday as the 2nd qualifying round reaches St James Park with the visit of Coalville Town.

The two clubs have never met in a competitive fixture before but have played out pre-season friendlies.

The Leicestershire club spent two seasons in the NPL Premier division before being moved to their current league, the Southern League Premier Central, where they finished 6th in their first season in 2018-19.  After another win on Tuesday they are 3rd with just the single defeat to date, that coming at AFC Rushden & Diamonds in August.  They have an impressive goal record of d14 for and only 6 against.  Following the defeat in August they beat Diamonds 5-2 in the 1st qualifying round of the cup to set up Saturday’s tie.

The Ravens play in black and white stripes with an all blue away kit.  Manager Adam Stevens has former Brackley players Steve Towers as captain and Stuart Pierrepoint as player-coach.  Alex Dean, brother of Gaz, is also part of the Coalville set up.

Coalville Town has a proud cup record, once reaching the 1st round proper, that coming in 2004/5 losing out at Wycombe Wanderers by a solitary goal.  Last season they went out at this stage against Alfreton Town.  They made history in the FA Vase however reaching the Wembley final in 2010/11 going down 3-2 to Whitley Bay.

Saints have their own cup record of course including the FA Trophy win and FA Cup runs to the 1st and 2nd round on no fewer than five occasions.  Last season’s memorable exit at Tranmere Rovers was covered live on Friday evening BBC TV of course.

Kevin Wilkin still has several injuries to contend with as he plots a bounce back after a first defeat of the season at home against Darlington on Tuesday.

Supporters are urged to buy tickets on-line in advance  HERE.  Tickets can be purchased with cash or card in person at the game but allow plenty of time for this.

The match-day programme priced at £3 is packed with new content, stats and opinion including the latest from captain Gaz Dean.

The club shop is open throughout the afternoon with new stock and an extensive collection of programmes to peruse and purchase.

The club asks all supporters to be mindful and respectful of others in these Covid times, keeping distanced where possible, wearing a face covering if you choose to do so and attending to good hand hygiene.  Payment by card where possible is appreciated.

The Red Zone is that area where only controlled personnel may enter.  At St James Park the Red Zone comprises the full pitch including perimeter area inside the pitch-side fencing, the players’ tunnel and changing rooms.

Should the game end level after 90 minutes the teams will replay at Coalville Town’s Owen Street Sports Ground on Tuesday evening.  A reminder that teams are permitted 7 substitutes and can use up to 3.  In later rounds a 4th can be used if required where the game goes into extra-time.

If you cannot get to the game, follow the action with regular updates on BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Radio Northampton throughout the afternoon starting at 2.30pm, read match reports on the club website and in the Non-League Paper on Sunday and listen to interviews with Kevin Wilkin after the game.

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