NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Tasty Trophy replay for St Neots, big league game for St Ives and a tough cup clash for Eynesbury
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St Neots Town manager Andy Davies has urged his players to focus solely on football tonight.
Saints entertain Marine in an FA Trophy second qualifying round replay at the Premier Plus Stadium, 7.45pm.
It comes just three days after the two teams battled out a 1-1 deadlock in Merseyside which was marred by three red cards and allegations of racial abuse towarads full-back Miles Smith following a late melee, which came after Tom Wood hit an 89th minute leveller.
Davies said: “We have a job to do tonight and that is to try to win an important football match.
“It is clearly going to be a game with some spice attached, but I’m hopeful we can get the win at home.”
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Saints will not select recent recruit Nassim L’Ghoul tonight after slapping him with an internal suspension.
The French winger was seen to spit at an opponent during the late fracas at Marine.
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He was sent off for violent conduct for another offence as tempers boiled over and will be banned from this Saturday, but Saints have also opted to suspend him from featuring tonight.
Sam Mulready also saw red in the first game, but he will be involved. Marine man Daniel Mitchley was the other player to be dismissed.
Saints players will warm up tonight in ‘Kick It Out’ t-shirts as a show of support for Smith. The tops will also be put in the visiting dressing room for Marine to wear if they choose to do so.
A trip to National League North high-fliers Darlington awaits tonight’s winners in the next round.
St Ives Town can boost their Southern League Premier Division survival mission tonight.
Ricky Marheineke’s side entertain Dunstable Town in a crucial clash at ProEdge Westwood Road, 7.45pm.
It is their first league fixture since a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Kettering 10 days ago, but they have since responded with back-to-back victories in cup competitions.
Saints sit third-bottom in the standings and will move level with the two teams directly above the relegation zone - Dorchester and Cinderford - with a win tonight.
There is a clash of two second-placed teams at Hall Road tonight.
Eynesbury Rovers, who occupy that position in the United Counties League Premier Division, host Division One title-chasers Olney in a KO Cup second-round clash, 7.45pm.