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RICARDO: “Saturday’s game is a massive deal, mainly for the fans, Chairman, Committee and the number of volunteers!”

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.”

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