Sutton Return To Trophy Trail

Article by Mark Bravery

After the frustration of last Saturday's postponement at Barrow, Sutton United return to action this Saturday (3 February) as they make the rather shorter journey to Northamptonshire to face Brackley Town in the third round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

Although Sutton have again avoided playing another National League team in this competition, Brackley are expected to be tough opponents. They currently stand third in the National League North, nine points behind well backed leaders Salford City, and are unbeaten at their St James Park home this season. They won last Saturday's league encounter with Salford 2-1, at St James Park.

Brackley also beat Salford in the final qualifying round of the Trophy (4-0 at home) before overcoming Braintree Town (2-0 at home after a 0-0 away draw) then Barrow (2-0 away after a 0-0 home draw).

Sutton reached this stage with home victories over Truro City (1-0) and Hendon (3-0).

United will still be missing injured goalkeeper Jamie Butler, but have extended the loan of Wigan Athletic keeper Owen Evans until the end of February. Another Wigan loanee Terell Thomas, who has impressed in the centre of Sutton's defence, is now staying until the end of the season.

Brackley's goal threat is likely to come in particular from midfield player James Armson and striker Aaron Williams, the latter on loan from Newport County. They are without midfielder Jack Byrne, sidelined with a knee injury.

Should Saturday's match finish as a draw then there would be a replay at Sutton, probably next Tuesday evening (6 February).