CHICHESTER City boss Miles Rutherford is urging his players to be up for the cup as the Lillywhites look to progress in the FA Vase.
Chi are on a great run at present, unbeaten in 12 in all competitions.
But Rutherford’s side have a tough task to progress in the national non-league competition with Canterbury City coming to Oaklands Park tomorrow (3pm).
The Southern Counties East Premier side are also on a good run, winning nine out of ten.
But Rutherford believes his side can seal the victory in front of a home crowd. Speaking to the Post, the Chi boss said: “We know it will be a tough game, we know we need to be at our best.
“I’m not worried about who we play, it’s about the way we play ourselves. If we play to our best then we can beat most at our level.”
A win will take Chi through to the last 64. One more win after that and they could be drawn against a non-league team anywhere in the country.
Rutherford said: “The Vase is a competition that you want to stay in as long as you can.
“It’s not like the FA Cup which we know we will be knocked out of, the Vase is made up of teams at our level.
“It does bring a little bit of money but it’s a competition that everyone should want to do well in.”
The Lillywhites are on a good run of form of late.
Last Saturday saw Rutherford’s side hold Haywards Heath Town to a one-all draw, Ellis Martin getting the goal.
That draw kept Chi fifth in the very competitive SCFL Premier. Then on Tuesday at Oaklands Park, two goals from Scott Jones either side of a Luke Fenlon strike was enough for a 3-1 win over Eastbourne Town in the Sussex Senior Cup.
The next round could see Chi come up against Brighton and Hove Albion, Crawley Town or Bognor.
Rutherford said: “We’re happy with the way things are going.
“I’ve said all year that I think we have a stronger squad of 18 to 20 than we had last season and that’s shown in recent weeks.
“The hardest part is keeping everyone happy. But that’s a good problem to have rather than not having enough players.”