FC CLACTON manager Tom Austin has issued an early rallying cry for the town to back his side on their FA Vase adventure.

The Seasiders discovered their next opponents when the third-round draw was made at Wembley Stadium on Monday.

They were paired with Cambridgeshire side Eynesbury Rovers in a tie that will take place at the Austin Arena on Saturday, November 30.

It is the perfect reward for last weekend's stunning 4-3 victory at Essex Senior League high-fliers Saffron Walden Town.

And looking ahead to the crunch clash, Austin is urging football followers in the area to get behind his team and help cheer them into the next round.

"To get a home tie was brilliant and I hope the town and community get behind us," said the Clacton boss.

"Extra support will make all the difference and the boys deserve it, for a game of this magnitude.

"I'd encourage anyone who likes football to come over and give us a chance.

"Our ground is such a nice place to watch football now.

"The clubhouse is lovely, the pitch is first-class and I'd urge people to come over and support their local side.

"It would be brilliant and if we get through, we'll be one step closer to Wembley.

"We'd also be through to the national stages, which means we could be drawn against a team from anywhere in the country.

"What a brilliant experience that would be."

Eynesbury play in the Spartan South Midlands League.

They are tenth in the premier division and made Vase progress in emphatic style at the weekend, winning 6-1 at Milton Keynes Robins.

Clacton's win at Saffron Walden came thanks to two goals from new-boy Ricky Griggs and two from Adam Hampson.

The former has just joined from Brightlingsea Regent and Austin, whose side host Norwich United in the Thurlow Nunn League premier division on Saturday before visiting Long Melford next Wednesday, believes it highlights the Seasiders' ambition.

"Ricky's so calm," he said.

"I played against him years ago and could see the quality he had.

"He was so quick - I couldn't get near him!

"Nothing fazes him. He's quick, his first touch is quality and his delivery is unreal.

"He took his goals well and to attract a player of that calibre shows what's happened here in the last couple of years.

"It's a great signing and one that sends out a bit of a message, in my opinion.

"It shows we're a team to take seriously.

"So many people have contacted me to say what an amazing signing it is.

"As a club, we're in a great place and we still want to push onto the next level."

The third round of the Vase features the last 64 teams.

There are fourth and fifth rounds before the quarter-finals in late-February.

The third-round prize pot will see the winners banking £1,125 and the losers £375.