Manager Ricky Marheineke hopes to add to his collection of St Ives Town firsts this Saturday.

Saints travel to fellow Southern League Premier Division side King’s Lynn Town for a third qualifying round tie in the FA Trophy.

It is already the club’s best run in the national competition, but Marheineke wants to ensure it continues into the first round proper.

The boss, who led St Ives into Step 3 football for the first time thanks to promotion last season, said: “It has the makings of a great fixture at King’s Lynn and it is also one that both teams will believe they can win.

“We’ve won our last four games in all competitions and King’s Lynn have now won five games in a row.

“I know they are building the trophy game up massively and are hopeful of a crowd of anything up to 1,000.

“It can be an intimidating place to go so we will need to be positive, start well and silence their fans.

“We have some momentum behind us and confidence is high - and everyone involved in the club would love to keep the run in the competition going.

“It can bring in valuable income and it also generates huge excitement for the fans.”

Saints have already banked a shade under £6,000 from their two victories in the FA Trophy – both against lower-level sides Carlton Town and Leek Town – already this season.

There is another £4,000 up for grabs this Saturday, as well as the prospect of a potential windfall from a bumper attendance with gate receipts being split in this competition.

Saints are without recent signings Dubi Ogbonna and Jack Bradshaw, who are both cup-tied, for the trip to Lynn. They also have injury concerns over three defenders – Harry O’Malley, Lee Chaffey and Daniel Moyes – while Scott Sinclair is a longer-term casualty with a broken collar-bone.

St Ives received a further blow when captain Charlie De’Ath was also ruled out by an infected gash to an ankle while midfielder Buster Harradine also won’t feature after leaving the club last night. Harradine was a summer signing from the club’s tenants, Cambridge City.

Saints already boast a knockout success against Lynn this season after beating the Norfolk side on penalties in the opening round of the Southern League Challenge Cup.