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There’s ‘a good buzz’ at Brantham as Brothers looks ahead to their FA Cup clash with Welwyn Garden City

Brantham player/manager Michael Brothers, right. Photo: ANDY ABBOTT

Brantham player/manager Michael Brothers, right. Photo: ANDY ABBOTT

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Brantham Athletic go into today’s preliminary round FA Cup clash with Welwyn Garden City in good heart and with a ‘good buzz’ about the club.

So says joint boss Michael Brothers, as the Blue Imps look to build on a decent start to the new campaign.

Welwyn, from the Southern Central League, and a Step 4 club who were promoted last season, will provide Brothers and his side with a big test.

But with almost £3,000 up for grabs, it’s a test Brothers is confident his side is capable of getting through.

“We’ve made a few changes at the club this season and yes, it’s been a good start to the season,” he said.

“Myself and Matt Carmichael both have different approaches to things which works well. There is a good buzz about the club and why not?”

Why not indeed.

Brantham are one of just three Thurlow Nunn Premier Division sides still unbeaten in the league – a league that is already looking as though it will be a tough one to win for someone or other.

A 5-0 thrashing of Wivenhoe in the last round of the FA Cup has set up this afternoon’s tie for Brantham at the Leisure Centre.

Brothers is looking forward to it.

“We did think about going to watch Welwyn, but we decided against it,” Brothers said.

“Firstly, we would only get to watch them once probably and they could change things when they played us. And then again, the FA Cup is a one-off game, anything can happen as people know.

“I like cup games and I think they are a good distraction for teams.

“The money now up for grabs in the FA Cup is so good and makes a huge difference to clubs like us.

“If we win on Saturday we would have pocketed nearly £5,000 from two FA Cup games. That’s crazy, but great for teams at our level.”

Meanwhile, Long Melford are another Suffolk club looking to extend their FA Cup run into another round at least.

After a fine win at Redbridge in the extra preliminary round, they entertain St Margaretsbury at Stoneylands today. The Essex side beat Enfield 2-0 in the last round of the competition.

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

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