Bath City boss Adie Britton is seeking cup tonic
Bath City boss Adie Britton believes a run in the FA Cup can spark another Blue Square Bet South promotion push at Mayday Trust Park.
City travel to Devon to take on free-scoring Toolstation Premier Division outfit Buckland Athletic in the second qualifying round on Saturday and, with the winners of the tie banking £4,500, Britton is only too aware of its importance.
He said: "In the context of our season, the FA Cup is a really big thing for us.
"We've done well in the competition in two of the last three seasons and it has generated both funds and excitement.
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"There are a few similarities with the 2009-10 season, when we were 17th in the league in October but winning a few rounds of the cup got us going.
"We ended up beating Grimsby and reached the second round proper and, without that run, I don't think we would have won promotion that year.
"When we haven't done well in the past, we know what the consequences have been – money has been tight.
"Getting through a few rounds will help enormously."
City's hosts were playing five levels below them in the non-league pyramid last season but have impressed since winning promotion from the South West Peninsula League.
Unbeaten in ten competitive outings so far, they have found the net 42 times and – watched by Britton – hammered Plymouth Parkway 5-1 in a first qualifying round replay.
"It'll be a physical and quick game," said the City boss.
"They have a young and enthusiastic side and, quite clearly, some talented players.
"We will have to battle in order to show our footballing ability."
City signed former Forest Green Rovers midfielder Chris Allen, 23, on a short-term deal last week and are likely to have Aaron Brown back following a groin injury on Saturday.
Noah Keats and Josh Low should also be fit to play despite being substituted during Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Dover, while Sekani Simpson will discover the extent of his knee problem today.