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Thamesmead Trophy test with first round spot at stake

South east London side at Bulpit Lane for the first time

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Scott Rees - misses Trophy tie through suspension

HUNGERFORD TOWN take a break from league action to return to FA Trophy duty at home to Thamesmead on Saturday.

The south east London side from the Ryman League’s North Division bring an experienced side to Bulpit Lane, including former Sierra Leone captain Ibramim Kargbo, who spent much of his career in Belgian league football.

Hungerford coach Robbie Creech made the six hour round trip to Norfolk last week to watch Thamesmead lose 3-0 at Dereham, and, said manager Bobby Wilkinson; “We have done our homework and will treat this game very seriously.

“Although they lost, they are a well organised unit with good individuals.”

Hungerford will be without midfielder Scott Rees, who is suspended after collecting five bookings, but Wilkinson hopes to have wide man Alan O’Brien and Garyn Preen available again after injury.

The winners will claim a £4,000 purse as well as a place in Monday's draw for the First Round proper.

Thatcham Town are again sidelined by cup action when they go to Hellenic League One West North Leigh United in the second round of the Bluefin Insurance League Cup on Saturday. It means they must wait to hand recent signing Shane Cooper-Clark his debut after he appeared for Bracknell Town in the previous round.

FA Vase heroes Tadley Calleva return to Wessex League action at Pewsey Vale on Saturday, when manager Danny Dolan is likely to have to rest midfielder Grant Powell and skipper Scott Kinge.

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