The village of Brandon in County Durham is less than four miles west of the iconic Durham Cathedral; and on Saturday, their local team, Brandon United FC , from the Northern League Second Division , will be homing in on the equally-famous Humber Bridge as they head south to their FA Vase First Round tie against NCEL Premier Division side Barton Town at the Easy-Buy this weekend- and for Swans Manager David Ricardo, it’s as much about the Club as it is about his players on Saturday, writes Colin Muncie.
David told TBG that he’s a big fan of the Cup format, and he’s cautious about the visitors from the North East. “Saturday’s game is a massive deal not so much for the players- as I’m hoping for bigger days to come this season -but mainly for the fans, Chairman, Committee and the number of volunteers we have working tirelessly week in, week out. I believe the FA competitions give match days an extra buzz for people around the club. Brandon United are not pulling up any trees; however, they would not be the first Northern League side to turn on it on in the Vase and we have to wary from the first whistle to the last. I know they will come to try and win the game but I also have the belief in our side to produce the goods on the day”.
Reporting on player availability for the tie, David is in a good place “We are in good shape player wise, with Danny Chambers the only member of the squad injured.”