"Cup cash can help Bath City strengthen squad" - Adie Britton
Manager Adie Britton says Saturday's FA Cup third qualifying round clash with Gosport Borough at Mayday Trust Park (3pm) will be pivotal to his hopes of strengthening Bath City's squad.
City's limited resources have been exposed in recent weeks and they have picked up just a point from their last 15 in the Blue Square Bet South.
Britton is eager to bring in fresh blood and is determined to cash in on a home tie with a side from the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier this weekend.
Victory would net City £7,500 in prize money and a place alongside non-league football's big-hitters in the draw for the final qualifying round.
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"It's a crucial game for the club," said Britton. "As always in the FA Cup, we just need to win because it brings money in.
"If you go through two rounds of the FA Cup and two rounds of the FA Trophy in a season, you always give the club a financial boost and have done all you can from a football perspective.
"I would very, very much hope for us to be in the fourth qualifying round.
"It is a game that might just free up the finance that we need to bring in another player that we need."
Gosport will not have former City defender Chris Holland among their number on Saturday after he left for Gloucester City last week.
They are in the bottom half of their division, without a home league win this term, but Britton says his out-of- sorts side will need to be at their best to progress.
"They have some very decent players," he said. " Brett Poate and Aaron Cook we've come up against before, while [Justin] Bennett scores goals.
"Sammy Igoe is also there and he and Rickie Lambert nearly ran up a cricket score between them during one torrid pre-season friendly we had with Bristol Rovers, so we know how decent he is.
"They'll be a difficult side but it is all about our performance, really."
Ex-Wigan striker Jordan Rugg, who is currently training with Exeter, made his debut in City's defeat at Truro.
He deputised for the injured Charlie Griffin, who is expected to be back in contention for the Gosport game along with Aaron Brown and Chris Allen. Josh Low could also make a return following a hamstring problem.