Mark Scott is aiming to put his Thetford Town side back on the map by making history with a memorable run in the FA Cup.
In one of the stand-out ties of the extra preliminary round, the Brecklanders host Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division rivals and neighbours Diss Town at Mundford Road tonight (7.45pm).
Both sides go into the encounter on the back of heavy defeats in midweek with Thetford going down 5-1 to Gorleston, Matt Dixon grabbing a consolation, while the Tangerines suffered a 4-0 loss to CRC, leaving Scott to believe the tie is all to play for, as he aims to guide his side to the qualifying rounds of the world’s oldest cup competition for the first time since 1992.
“Being involved in the FA Cup is massive for everyone and with it being a game against Diss there is that little extra incentive involved,” he said.
“With it being such a great competition we shouldn’t need an extra incentive bit it certainly gives the tie that bit of spice.
“We both go into the game on the back of heavy defeats and it is all to play for.
“I’m looking for a reaction and we will be going all out to progress.
“It is a competition that sadly we have had no real record in and so we would love a run in such a special tournament.
“Progressing through the rounds would be an amazing achievement and would go some way to putting this club back on the map and make some history.”
As well as the prestige of breaking records, the obvious incentive of a £1,500 windfall for the victors, holds significance importance to Scott, with Thetford recently suffering financial difficulty off the field.
“The financial rewards are also obviously there and for us just getting through this round would be an awful lot of money,” he added.
“To put it into perspective that windfall would take us around six home games to raise and so to do it in one day is an exciting prospect.
“The players themselves are under no illusions.
“They know the rewards and that this club need those finances.”