FAC; Brackley Town Saints v London Colney FA Cup preview with Lewis Baldwin

Saturday 11th August 2018

Brackley Town Saints (Step 5) v London Colney (Step 5)

FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round

Being played at Oxford City FC

K.O. 3.00pm

Brackley Town Saints host London Colney on Saturday in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup, in a game being played at the Oxford City Stadium due to the Brackley senior team having a home fixture in the National League North. Brackley’s season never got going last week-end as their supposed season opener at home to Lydney Town ended up being postponed, due to travel issues meaning Lydney never turned up!

In contrast, Hertfordshire based London Colney will be turning up to their fourth game of their new campaign, having already played in the Herts Senior Charity at the end of July, and have played two league games so far this term in the Spartan South Midlands Premier League. With the prize fund this season being at least doubled by the FA, a run in this competition will go down very well for the club coffers.

This week Sports Shots caught up with influential midfielder Lewis Baldwin, and asked how pre-season has been for the Saints:

It’s been a really positive one for all of us, we had a lot of new lads come in on trial and it was a really good atmosphere through the period in both training and during matches

So has the squad changed much from last season?

In terms of players leaving we’ve only lost a couple of lads elsewhere but we’ve had quite a few new lads come in and freshened things up a bit, through most areas of the pitch. This has brought us something extra not only on the pitch but also off it, the new boys are spot on and got involved straight from the offset

Lewis Baldwin

So with last Saturday’s opener postponed, what exactly happened?

It wasn’t ideal but you have to feel sorry for Lydney. Their team bus broke down so we originally postponed the game back to 5pm but they then contacted us again to say there was no way that they were getting to us. We were gutted but it must have been horrible for them being stuck in the middle of nowhere, especially in that heat!

We asked Lewis if they have much info on their FA Cup opponents:

I’m sure our coaches will have had a little look and will be letting us know bits, but personally I don’t know anything at all about them. All that we can do is do what we do well on the day, and hopefully get into the next round. I quite like the FA Cup games as they’re quite often not teams you’ve played against before so it’s always a nice change

Finally, any targets for the season ahead?

As a team we definitely want to be pushing for the top three and we also want some cup wins. We 100% have a squad good enough but in previous seasons we haven’t been able to keep the same squad for more than just a few games due to various reasons, unfortunately that’s how it is as this level when you have to work, study, have family commitments etc. We have a bigger squad this year so we hope this should help us

Sports Shots would like to thank Lewis for his time this week

The FA have revealed the new prize fund payments ahead of the 2018/19 FA Cup competition as listed below:

Extra Preliminary Round winners (184 teams) £2,250

Extra Preliminary Round losers (184 teams) £750

Preliminary Round winners (160 teams) £2,890

Preliminary Round losers (160 teams) £960

First Round Qualifying winners (116 teams) £6,000

Second Round Qualifying winners (80 teams) £9,000

Third Round Qualifying winners (40 teams) £15,000

Fourth Round Qualifying winners (32 teams) £25,000

First Round Proper winners (40 teams) £36,000

Second Round Proper winners (20 teams) £54,000

Third Round Proper winners (32 teams) £135,000

Fourth Round Proper winners (16 teams) £180,000

Fifth Round Proper winners (8 teams) £360,000

Quarter Final winners (4 teams) £720,000

Semi Final losers (2 teams) £900,000

Semi Final winners (2 teams) £1,800,000

Final runners-up (1) £1,800,000

Final winners (1) £3,600,000

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