BROCKENHURST are raring to go ahead of their FA Vase fourth round clash with New Milton later today – with manager Pat McManus stating that his charges are undeterred after recent defeats to Hamworthy United and Christchurch.

Brock have not played a competitive fixture in almost two weeks, with back-to-back defeats marking the turn of the calendar year.

Despite the setbacks to Dorset sides Hamworthy and Christchurch, McManus believes his side are still performing at a level that saw the New Forest side lose just one of their first 22 league games.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, McManus said: “I would be concerned going into this game if the defeats were games where we really underperformed in, but they weren’t.

“The Hamworthy game, possession-wise we dominated, but there were fine margins that we didn’t get right, against probably one of, if not, just certainly one of the favourites to win the division.

“So that game could have gone either way, so I wasn't overly disappointed when we lost that game, because like I say, that game could have easily gone either way and we didn't really underperform in that.

“The Christchurch game again, we dominated that game and should have should have won.

“We just had a sort of funny five minutes where we conceded a couple of really poor goals, but if we were better in certain areas, we could have won that game comfortably, so I'm wasn’t overly concerned about performance levels, really.

“So we're going in to this Vase game confident in what we've got in the group. We haven't got any issues about the losses coming into this game.”

McManus recently celebrated 400 games in charge of the Badgers, but when asked if this was the most exciting period of his time at the club, Brock’s manager was quick to highlight those in the background rather than personal achievements.

“With regards to the Vase yes, (it’s probably the most exciting time as Brockenhurst manager.)

"I've really enjoyed my time here.

“I’ve really enjoyed the progress of some of the younger players we’ve had, some of the ones that have been in the club and we’ve helped them progress out of the club, onto bigger and better things with regards to the football pyramid itself.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here, but I'm also enjoying the fact that the supporters, the volunteers and some of the committee members are now starting to see that the difficult times that we've been through, they’re now starting to see the end product of that really.

“Now that we're in a position to actually concentrate on the senior side.”

A place in the last 16 of the FA Vase is up for grabs when Brockenhurst host local rivals New Milton Town. Alongside a berth in the fifth round, winners will receive £1,875, whilst the side knocked out will be compensated with £600. With no replays in this year’s competition, the match will be decided on the day – with matches going straight to penalties if the two sides cannot be separated during standard time.