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Match Preview: City v Brightlingsea Regent
Posted by Andrew Dunn
Sep 7, 2018, 13:30

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Cambridge City host Brightlingsea Regent tomorrow in the First Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup. With the visitors being a division higher, the tie represents the opportunity for City to record a cup upset.

If they are to do that, then they will be without the services of their first choice goalkeeper, Liam Gooch who serves a one match suspension following his sending off at Didcot last weekend.

City boss Robbie Nightingale will also be hoping that influential winger, Nathan Olukanmi will be fit after withdrawing from the game at Didcot early.

Nightingale has been busy in boosting his squad this week with Ben Szretter coming in to replace Gooch whilst Gui Mailancol has been recruited to bolster the defence having previously been with Redditch United and St Neots Town.

A positive for City fans is midfielder Sam Squire has been given the OK to play in the game by parent club Cambridge United.

The visitors arrive having won 1 of their opening 6 league games. That was at Kingstonian on the opening day of the season. That was followed by 3 straight defeats, but the ship has been steadied somewhat with 2 draws from their last couple of outings. Midfield man Harvey Hodd looks like a player to look out for having previously been with Norwich City and Fleetwood, he scored twice in their opening day victory.

What do we know about……Brightlingsea Regent

The opponents tomorrow currently play in the Bostik League Premier Division, where they are in 18th position. They earned promotion at the end of the 2016/17 season after finishing as champions of Division One North.

Football in Brightlingsea has seen some mergers over the years. In 1928, Brightlingsea United was formed after Brightlingsea Athletic and Brightlingsea Town decided to join forces. The name of Brightlingsea United was prominent in the town right up until 2005 when they merged with youth club Regent Park Rangers to form the now Brightlingsea Regent.

Since the formation of Regent, things have gone from strength to strength and the club has worked their way through the Eastern Counties League, and in 2013/14 after finishing second in the Premier Division successfully gained promotion to the Isthmian League.

The R’s have not progressed past the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup and last season exited the competition at this stage after they were defeated 4-1 at Hanwell Town.

Last weekend was a bleak one for City with the Lilywhites recording defeat at the hands of Didcot Town. However, despite the suspension of goalkeeper Liam Gooch, the prediction panel are in a relatively up beat mood ahead of the cup tie.

Steve Warne:

After playing so well for half an hour against Didcot events transpired against us to end up losing the match. Despite Gooch making the calamity, I think he will be missed against a side from a higher league. The new keeper is a complete unknown to me.

If the team and defence can concentrate for the whole game and keep out their good players then we have the flair to hurt them. We shouldn't fear anything and the pressure is on them.

I'm going for a 2-0 City win!

Harvey Dunn:

Last Saturday was another disappointing result, and losing on Tuesday in the league cup was frustrating especially after James Hall missed a penalty. However, I think that as we have a home tie tomorrow I am going for a City win. It will be a tough and a tight game but I reckon we can grind out a result. I am going for a 2-1 City win.

Alan Palmer:

I am looking forward to this, and hope City can do some giant killing tomorrow. That said, it will be difficult and with a different keeper, we just don’t know so I can see us going to a replay. My prediction is City 2 Brightlingsea 2.

The match is one of the feature matches in the Non-League paper, and there will also be regular updates on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire throughout the afternoon. The match ball sponsor is Sid Cullum, and please note that as this is an FA Competitions Fixture, no alcohol will be allowed to be consumed inside the stadium.

Kick-off at Bridge Road is at 3:00pm.

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