Brackley Town made it through to the 2nd round of the FA Cup for the first time in their 123 year history when they beat League One Gillingham 1-0 in the 1st round. They will now travel to Conference Premier side Macclesfield this Saturday in hope of reaching the third round.
Earlier this week I had the chance to talk to Brackley’s striker, Glenn Walker, whose goal was the match winner against the Gills. Here is what he had to say about his team’s progress this year in the FA Cup:
You played in both of the games against Gillingham, how did it feel when you conceded in injury time, away at Gillingham, to draw 1-1?
It felt like a defeat. To concede so late on, play so well and work as hard as we did- we deserved to win! The changing room was quiet for a while afterwards until we realised what we had actually achieved in drawing the game.
When you went in at half time, 1-0 up in the replay, did the manager give any specific instructions to you or any of the players?
He just said to go out as if it was nil-nil and keep trying to play football as we had been.
The replay against Gillingham saw them hit the post twice, did you think you were going to be able to hold out against such a strong Gillingham side once you were 1-0 ahead?
We all believed we could hold out. We have the best defensive record in our league and pride ourselves on how much we work for one-another. The victory did come from us believing that we could achieve a victory that night.
Your goal was an impressive strike, how did it feel when the ball hit the back of the net?
To be honest, I didn’t know what to do or how to celebrate, but the feeling was amazing. It was the most important goal I’ve scored in my career.
Do you have anything you want to say to the supporters? There was 1,772 fans at the game which is significantly more than Brackley’s average attendance this year which is 316.
The supporters were fantastic that night, having that much support definitely gave us that extra lift we needed. To have that many fans, considering Brackley is such a small town, was impressive, so a big hand to them.
You’ll now travel to Macclesfield for the 2nd round of the FA Cup, what do you think the team has to do to make it through to the next stage?
We have to go into the match with the same attitude as we did against Gillingham. They are a higher opposition and we have nothing to lose so we need to have the belief that we can beat higher opposition.
Good luck against Macclesfield!