Braintree Town aiming to cause FA Cup history at Newport County

Alan Devonshire

Alan Devonshire - Credit: Archant

Braintree Town skipper Kenny Davis rates tonight’s FA Cup first round replay at Newport County as one of the biggest games in the Essex club’s history.

Iron have never before reached the second round of the FA Cup, but Davis fancies their chances of causing an upset at their League Two hosts.

Alan Devonshire’s men acquitted themselves well during the original tie, which ended in a 1-1 draw in Essex, and the prize is a second round trip to fellow Skrill Conference Premier club Kidderminster Harriers.

“It’s a big game for us, and it’s a winner-takes-all evening,” enthused Davis.

“We could have nicked the first game, so we think we’re in with a very good chance.

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“It’s probably one of the biggest games in the club’s history, and a chance for us to get through to the second round and, who knows, ultimately a chance to join the big guns in round three!

“We won’t be treating this game any differently to other games. We will be travelling to Wales on the day, as normal.

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“And despite losing at Alfreton on Saturday, our away form has been excellent this season,” added Davis.

Midfielder Davis actually injured his ankle during the first half of the 3-1 defeat at Alfreton, and so was substituted at half-time. It was only Iron’s second away defeat of the season, from 11 starts.

But he is not ruling out his chances of making a rapid recovery.

“I fell awkwardly and the ankle is sore,” confirmed Davis. “But I’ll definitely be travelling with the lads to Newport, and hopefully I can pass a fitness test and play in the game.

“Otherwise, I’ll have to watch the lads win from the stands!”

Striker Sean Marks missed the defeat at Alfreton, due to illness, and so also faces a late fitness test ahead of tonight’s South Wales test.

Follow @Carl_Marston on twitter for live updates from tonight’s game.

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