Corby Town host Evo Stik Southern League leaders Leamington on Saturday afternoon in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with Budweiser.
The Steelmen, who have not lost an FA Cup match on home soil since they were beaten by Droylsden in the 4th Qualifying Round in 2007, are looking to make it to the First Round Proper for the third successive season.
Since that defeat Corby have won five and drawn one game at home, in the world’s most famous cup competition. That solitary draw came against Conference Premier giants Luton Town in 2010, when the Hatters scored a late equaliser to deny the Steelmen a trip to Charlton Athletic in the Second Round.
Last season Corby Town saw off Histon, Hednesford and Kidderminster Harriers, before bowing out against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, with over 500 fans making the trip.
On-loan defender Callum Reynolds was the stand out performer during the replay victory over Kidderminster and the defeat at Rovers, scoring in both games. Corby boss Chris Plummer will be hoping that Stefan Galinski can have a similar effect this season, having been granted permission to play by his parent club Derby County.
Corby Town last met Leamington in the FA Cup in 1983/84. The sides played out a 2-2 draw at Occupation Road in the 3rd Qualifying Round, with the Brakes victorious in the replay.
Leamington, who are managed by Paul Holleran, are currently unbeaten this season. They sit top of the Evo-Stik Southern Premier League having won five and drawn three of their opening games. They also boast the meanest defence in the division, having conceded just seven times.
The Brakes were taken to a replay by Stourbridge in the last round of the FA Cup with Budweiser following a 2-2 draw at the New Windmill Ground. A goal from former Steelman Liam Daly and a stoppage time winner from Richard Batchelor sealed their trip to Steel Park.