TOM Killick urged his Poole Town charges to show just how much they value the FA Cup as they on Saturday launch their journey in the first qualifying round with a trip to Didcot Town (3pm).

Dolphins, who head into the cup tie on a four-game unbeaten run, will be seen as favourites against the Southern Central Division outfit.

However, boss Killick said his side must approach the game with the "correct mindset" after an impressive league victory over Swindon Supermarine last time out.

Asked what he wants to see from his side at Loop Meadow, Killick told the Daily Echo: "The desperation we have as a group to do well in this competition has to be reflected in the way they perform.

"They have to show how much the competition means and how much they want to progress by channelling everything into Saturday. I am hoping that will happen."

Quizzed on where the FA Cup ranked in the club's priorities this season, Killick said: “The league has to be a priority because it changes the level you are playing at, which is what every club is looking to enhance.

"The FA Cup can be just a magical experience and it can end up being a highlight of players' careers, it can be hugely beneficial to the club and in other aspects, so there is so much it offers that every club at our level is desperate to do well in it.

"You come at the league and FA Cup from slightly different directions. The league is a priority because you want to be promoted but the FA Cup can bring an awful lot and we have not really had that in the time that I have been at Poole.

"We have seen other clubs relatively locally have it and you can see the impact it had, so it is something the players are really motivated to try and deliver. Saturday is the be-all and end-all of taking the first step."

Josh Carmichael will serve the final match of his three-game suspension, while Flavio Tavares, Adam Grange and Will Spetch are all set to miss the trip through short-term injury problems.

"The main thing is we approach the game with the correct mindset and we don't underestimate them," said Killick.

"The easy thing to do is just lose a bit of focus and then you quickly get in a bit of trouble.

"We are in a good place. We are not getting carried away because it is so early. We know we can still play better than we have but it is a good start and the Swindon match was really important because you effectively have a two-week break from the league.

"We felt it was very important in those circumstances to get the points, which we managed to do.

"The players are in good spirits but the big thing is not to get carried away."