Gary Petts has urged his Wellingborough Town players to take their anger from their Emirates FA Cup exit out on the Buildbase FA Vase.
The Doughboys begin their Vase campaign with a second qualifying round clash against Burnham at the Dog & Duck tomorrow (Saturday).
It’s been an encouraging start to the new season for Petts’ team as they sit in seventh spot in the early Future Lions United Counties League Premier Division table.
They also suffered a heartbreaking exit in the FA Cup preliminary round as they led 2-1 at Spalding United, only to concede two goals in the latter stages.
It was a loss that clearly still hurts and Petts said: “To be honest, we are still reeling a bit from the FA Cup defeat.
“We were 2-1 up with eight minutes to go and lost the game so it was a tough one to take.
“So we have to take our anger out on the FA Vase.
“We don’t know much about Burnham but having done a bit of homework, it’s clear they have had a good start and they made it through the FA Cup last weekend.
“They play at the level below us but they will come here on a high after that.
“It’s always interesting when you are up against teams outside of the UCL. We are looking forward to it and it would be lovely to get on a good run in the competition.”
The Doughboys picked up their second league win of the season last weekend as they fought back from 2-1 down to claim a fine 4-2 success over Harborough Town.
And Petts knows his team must continue to take their chances when they arrive.
“It’s been slightly frustrating that we have had to come back in matches to pick up points,” the Doughboys boss added.
“We have played well enough to win the majority of our games and the only one where we didn’t was when we lost at Sleaford and even then I felt we did enough to earn a point.
“Overall, I am really happy with how we have started.
“The big thing for us is making sure we take our chances because we are creating plenty of them.
“It’s about scoring goals and making sure you don’t concede but the more you can score, the less pressure there is on your defence and that’s what we must focus on when we are creating a number of opportunities.”
The other local clubs in FA Vase action this weekend are Irchester United, who travel to Arlesey Town, Raunds Town who are on the road at Leverstock Green and Thrapston Town who head to Rayners Lane.
There is also a game on Sunday as Burton Park Wanderers entertain Deportivo Galicia at Latimer Park (3pm).