Match Preview: St Martins (a)

Hinckley AFC take a break from league action for the first time this season with Saturday’s visit to St Martins.

After seven league matches, AFC get their FA Vase campaign underway looking to get back to winning ways after successive defeats.

And Hinckley will be backed by a healthy travelling contingent with a nearly sold-out supporters’ coach joining them on the Welsh border.

Manager Courtney Belford is excited by the prospect of another away day.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to get on the bus, get together, have a good day out and try to win another game of football.

“The Vase is a special competition. We won’t be overlooking St Martins, and it’s another game we’ve got to try and win.

“We’ve got to try and put right what didn’t go for us against Belper.”

That travelling contingent will see AFC take on a St Martins side who sit bottom of the North West Counties League Division One South. They’ve picked up two draws and eight defeats from their ten games so far.

They’ll be under new management for the game too, after James Etherington’s departure on Wednesday.

The home side will be hoping that the new manager bounce can lift them to a first win of the campaign.

Should the game be level after 90 minutes, the tie will go straight to penalties. The winners will pick up £550 from the FA’s prize fund and progress to the second round qualifying in a fortnight.

St Martins play at Park Hall Stadium, Burma Road, Whittington, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4AS.

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