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PREVIEW | Barwell (A)

The Bulls face their toughest challenge of the season so far as they hope to squeeze into the next round of the Emirates FA Cup at the expense of higher-league opposition.

AFC travel to BetVictor Southern League Premier Division Central side Barwell in the First Qualifying Round, hoping to reach the next stage for the fourth year running.

Matt Chatfield's side thrashed Sleaford 7-0 and edged past Heanor Town via a replay win to reach this stage.

Kick-off at Kirby Road is 3pm.


Last Time Out

Tuesday night was what set up tomorrow's big tie, as the Bulls were tested thoroughly by a relentless Heanor Town.

The visitors dominated proceedings at times, but nerves were calmed when Ross Duggan curled past Jordan Pierrepont on 14 minutes to finally beat the in-form goalkeeper after a goalless draw in the original match.

Brett Lucas then fired home a second-half free-kick to double the Bulls advantage, before Jesse Vowles's instant response set up a nervous finish.


The Opposition

Saturday will be the first ever meeting between Barwell and AFC, although the Bulls have played similar opposition in Kettering Town in the Second Qualifying Round last season.

The Canaries had a poor start to their Premier Division Central campaign with no win in their first three outings, but they picked up form by winning two from their last three, lifting them to 12th in their league table.

It will certainly be the toughest of tests for the Bulls, who will look to compare their abilities to that of a side from two tiers above.


Team News

Matt Chatfield welcomes back new signings Jack Hague and Ellis Wright after the pair missed out on the Preliminary Round contest with Heanor.



Adults | £10

Concessions | £6

U16s | £3

U11s | FREE with paying adult


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