FC CLACTON boss Tom Austin is setting his sights on an FA Cup run this season as the Seasiders prepare for their extra preliminary round trip to Kirkley and Pakefield.

The Seasiders head to Suffolk on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm) for what they hope will be the first of several matches in the famous competition.

Austin has expressed his desire to put a cup run together and admits the financial benefits would be hugely significant.

A victory would bring £2,000 into the Rush Green Bowl coffers.

“It would certainly be nice to have a cup run,” Austin told the Gazette.

“That’s one of the things we spoke about in pre-season and it would be very helpful financially.

“It would help the club going forward.

“Kirkley is a tough place to go but we’ll go there and give it our very best, to try and get a positive result.”

Austin will be without injured skipper Wayne Chapman, Zac Smith-Walter and the unavailable Lee Clowsley.

Kyelan Marvell is a doubt because of a knee problem.

Meanwhile, after kicking-off their Thurlow Nunn League season with a 5-1 defeat at Hadleigh on Friday, Clacton bounced back with a 1-0 victory at Whitton United on Tuesday night.

Adam Hampson’s headed goal ten minutes after the break was enough to give them maximum points.

They put Friday’s horror show behind them and turned in a decent performance to record their first win of the season.