Clubs march on in FA Cup

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DAVENTRY Town and unbeaten Long Buckby could both face Blue Square North clubs a week on Saturday after reaching the third qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time.

Mark Kinsella’s improving team will have home advantage against Nuneaton while the Bucks will travel to either Boston United or Kidsgrove Athletic on October 15.

Both teams are already guaranteed minimum pay-outs of £9,000 from extended cup runs following last weekend’s respective wins over Leamington and Bridgnorth Town.

Nuneaton won 3-0 at Needham Market in the second qualifying round.

Danny Midgley scored twice for Nuneaton who are sixth and two places above the Bucks’ likely opponents Boston in the Blue Square (step two) North section.

Last Saturday 551 spectators watched Daventry unexpectedly beat Leamington and another bumper gate is expected for the visit of Nuneaton.

Meanwhile Long Buckby can lay claim to being the most successful Non-League club in the country so far this season following eight straight wins in the UCL Premier Division and numerous cup successes.

The defeat of Leverstock Green by Harefield in the South Midlands League five days ago left Glenn Botterill’s team holding the only 100 per cent record in any division up and down the country from step one to step five.

Both the Town and the Bucks already face backlogs of league fixtures with the Station Road side giving way to Peterborough NS at the top of the table because of postponements.

Daventry could even go through the whole of October without playing any league games on the outside chance of drawing this Saturday’s FA Trophy tie at Stourport and next week’s FA Cup tie with Nuneaton.

The Swifts are bottom of the SL South and West Division and should not prevent the Town from winning at the first attempt in the Trophy.

Tuesday night’s NFA Senior Cup tie against Corby Town had to be postponed because of the Steelmen’s FA Cup replay with Histon while Daventry United entertained the Bucks in the Hillier Cup last night (Wednesday).

Daventry Town have appointed a new club coach in ex-Walsall player Chris Marsh who made more than 400 Football League appearances.