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PREVIEW | Long Buckby (N)

The Buildbase FA Vase returns to action as AFC host Long Buckby at Clipstone's Lido Ground.

The tie has been moved down to the other end of Clipstone Road due to the fireworks event taking place at the Forest Town Arena on Saturday evening.

Having defeated Graham Street Prims, local rivals Rainworth Miners Welfare and then Hanley Town to reach the Second Round Proper, the Bulls will be hoping to go one step further and bring back some positivity after a tough run in October.

Four consecutive league defeats have left Matt Chatfield's side second bottom in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, but the Vase provides an opportunity to reinstate some much-needed confidence.


Last Time Out

Sheffield side Handsworth were the team who condemned AFC to that fourth straight loss - the Ambers were simply too much to handle on a chilly but entertaining night at the Forest Town Arena.

After going behind in the game's opening minutes, Jack Warner halved Handsworth's two-goal lead with an emphatic near-post drive, but the visitors restored the advantage just before the break.

Substitute Brandon Webster then set up top-scorer Ross Duggan for his first goal in three games to set up a tense finish, but the Bulls were cruelly put to bed with the last kick of the game on the counter.


The Opposition

Northamptonshire side Long Buckby may be from a tier below, but they currently top the United Counties League Division One table by six points.

The Bucks have just one league defeat to their name so far.

They had to defeat St Panteleimon, Cricklewood Wanderers and Whitton United in order to reach this stage of the competition.


Team News

Midfielders Nicky Darker and Jamie McGuire both return to the fold, whilst striker Luke Walker also will be available.

Darker was sidelined for three league games after being sent off in the 2-1 Vase win over Hanley.

Meanwhile, striker Grant Ryan and winger Ishmael Dawson will be missing from Saturday's squad.


Directions to Clipstone FC

The Lido Ground

Clipstone Road East



NG21 9AB


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