Kingsley James relishes the physical side of the game and can't wait to lock horns with Godfrey Poku again this weekend.

James and Poku have similar traits and have become familiar sparring partners over the past couple of seasons in the Vanarama Conference.

Ex-Hereford United midfielder James has come out on top in the two league meetings this season and the 22-year-old wants to make it a hat-trick in the FA Trophy at New Bucks Head on Saturday (3pm).

James said: "I've played against Godfrey for a couple of years now and you know what you're going to get from him. He enjoys a tackle, I enjoy a tackle so I think we like playing against each other.

"Fortunately we've got more quality in our team and better players around me so that helps me about because when I get the ball I can pass it to people and we go and create things whereas they don't seem to really create anything when they have the ball

"It's good to have a battle against anyone really but Godfrey I've played against plenty of times and it's good to continue that rivalry."

AFC Telford United midfielder Godfrey Poku takes on Bristol City's Greg Cunningham
AFC Telford United midfielder Godfrey Poku takes on Bristol City's Greg Cunningham

Telford are in big trouble at the bottom of the table and keeping his team in non-league's top flight will be a far greater priority than the FA Trophy for Bucks boss Liam Watson.

For James, the important thing is that the Blues approach the match in exactly the same way as the league games particularly with the competition offering teams a chance to play at Wembley.

James said: "Their manager will probably play it down a little bit but they've lost to us twice this season already so he'll be wanting them to turn up and win the game because you don't want to lose three times in one season to one team.

"They'll definitely be up for it and want to at least have a decent run in the competition if they're going to continue to struggle in the league.

"We've got to go, be professional the way we did at their place and our place, and win the game.

"Going and playing in any game at Wembley is an amazing thing so to have any chance of going down there, and not being that far away from it because it's not that many steps, is massive for us.

"If we can perform the way we have been then we've got every chance of getting as far as we can and hopefully going to Wembley.

"I think everybody in this squad would love to go down there and play at Wembley so we'll be fighting for that in every single round."