Holleran praises solid FA Trophy display

Paul Holleran declared it “job done” after Brakes progressed to the second round qualifying stage of the FA Trophy with a 3-1 victory at Woodford United.

First-half goals from James Husband and Craig Wilding and a late Liam Daly header set up a home clash with Evo Stik Division One North outfit Bamber Bridge on October 30.

Following on from defeat at Stratford in the Birmingham Senior Cup, Holleran said it was important not to allow Woodford to impose themselves on the game in a similar fashion.

“They are a big physical side and they are good at what they do,” he said.

“We put out a big physical side to get the ball into the final third as quickly as possible and press.

“It was job done, a nice solid display and we never allowed them to get any momentum.”

Bamber Bridge reached the second-round after upsetting Evo Stick Premier side North Ferriby and Holleran said the draw has given everyone at the club a lift.

“It’s nice to get a little bit of excitement on a Monday morning. First and foremost you look for a home draw and we’ll be looking to progress.

“I’ve got a couple of friends who manage in that division so I’ll be getting on to them and we’ll look to get someone to have a nose at them.”

Before they can concentrate on the FA Trophy, Brakes have the small matter of a visit from the league leaders Truro tomorrow.

“Last year everyone was aware of their reputation, but they had travel issues,” said Holleran.

“Those seem to have settled down and now they are probably showing their potential. It promises to be a good game.”

Brakes, who travel to Evesham on Tuesday in the Red Insure Cup, will be without Luke Corbett and Jamie Hood through suspension for the visit of Lee Hodges’ side.

Michael Tuohy is missing after an appendix operation, but James Rowe and Guy Sanders should return to the squad.

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