TOM Killick admits Poole Town’s FA Trophy clash with Brentwood Town has taken on “extra significance” in the wake of the FA Cup defeat to Haringey Borough.

Dolphins on Saturday journey to Essex hoping to secure progress and vital revenue for the club – £4,000 is up for grabs plus the chance to compete for a further £5,000 in the third qualifying round.

Poole’s 2-1 loss to Haringey in October meant they missed out on £25,000 and the opportunity to play for £36,000 in the first round proper. Haringey’s prize was a tie with League One AFC Wimbledon, who they lock horns with in front of the BBC cameras tomorrow.

While the monetary rewards may not be quite as hefty in the FA Trophy, they remain significant.

And Killick admitted that had been a key factor in his decision to make no fewer than eight changes for Tuesday’s Dorset Senior Cup win over Portland United.

Killick told the Daily Echo: “The FA Trophy is the second-biggest cup competition we enter and, financially, it’s big.

“It’s big independently of the FA Cup but without the amount of revenue we would have got from beating Haringey, it takes on extra significance financially.

“If I didn’t have that mindset in terms of the FA Trophy then I wouldn’t have picked the side I did on Tuesday.

“We wanted to be as strong as possible going into Saturday.”

Brentwood have endured a difficult start to their Isthmian League North Division campaign, which is a level below Southern League South outfit Poole.

The Blues are 16th in the table with 10 points from as many games.

In the wake of his remarkable six-goal blast against Portland, loan striker Jake Scrimshaw will be kept in the squad provided Killick gains the permission of parent club Cherries.

Fellow forward Luke Roberts could return from a toe injury.

Killick said: “Luke has already been out for three weeks. It’s so frustrating because everyone knows what he is to us.

“I would hope he would be okay for Saturday and if not then certainly the following Saturday.

“For the first time in two or three years, I will be leaving fit players out of the squad.

“Long may it continue because everyone knows that what you need if you are going to be successful in terms of the league campaign.”

Captain Jamie Whisken was one of those rested for the win over Portland.

The defender is set to regain his place in the side and is hoping a good run in the FA Trophy can earn Dolphins clashes with non-league’s leading lights.

He said: “There are some big sides in the Conference and it would be nice to visit some big stadiums. It’s refreshing to go places you haven’t been before.

“There is a good bit of money to be earned in the competition as well so that provides another major pull for us to do well in it.”