Berwick back for cup

TOM Berwick is on his way back to Communications Park a week on Saturday for an interesting FA Cup second qualifying round tie, writes Mike Tebbitt.

This week’s draw has thrown Daventry Town with Berwick’s new club Leamington.

The leading light as Daventry progressed from the UCL Division One to the Southern League, Berwick scored more than 80 goals in the last two seasons alone despite a brief spell at Nuneaton.

And if Mark Kinsella’s men can see off the Southern Premier League team, it would double the Town’s FA Cup prize money to a tasty £9,000.

Berwick scored an early season hat-trick for Leamington against struggling Weymouth but has since taken a back seat behind ex-Rugby Town marksman David Kolodynski who netted twice in last Saturday 5-0 cup success over Boldmere St Michaels.

The match – on October 1 – could see Berwick come face-to-face with former Leamington captain Aaron Parkinson as well as Daventry striker Mark Bellingham, who broke the Brakes’ scoring record with 46 goals for the New Windmill club only three years ago.

Only a point behind the play-off places Leamington have performed better so far this season in the SL Premier Division than their Daventry counterparts in the lower Central Division.

Long Buckby will fancy their chances of picking up the £9,000 bonanza when taking on Midland Alliance League club Bridgnorth Town in the Black Country.

Both teams operate at step five level but whereas Bridgnorth are in the bottom half of the league, the Bucks’ have won their first seven matches in the UCL Premier Division following a hatful of goals from ex-Daventry strikers Russell Dunkley and Rob Foster.

This weekend Slough entertain Daventry Town in a Central Division league fixture and Woodford United take on Bedfont Town.

Long Buckby travel to King’s Lynn in the UCL Premier, and Bugbrooke St Michaels take on Raunds Town in the FA Vase second qualifying round.