Gresley v Ilkeston
The FA Carlsberg Trophy
First Round Qualifying
3pm, Saturday 19 October 2013
The Moat Ground, Derbyshire
Ilkeston boss Kevin Wilson has urged his players to put the heartbreak of an early FA Cup exit to good use when they face local rivals Gresley in The FA Trophy this weekend.
Wilson's men last month crashed out of The Cup at the Third Round Qualifying stage after defeat to Belper Town - but the former Derby County and Chelsea striker is now desperate for a good run in The Trophy, starting with this weekend's all-Derbyshire clash.
Speaking to TheFA.com, he said: "It's an important game for the football club because we went out of The FA Cup earlier than we had expected."
"Basically it's the first time in three years that something we've set in our calendar we've failed on. We expected to try and get into the First Round Proper this year and now The FA Trophy, all of a sudden, is the big competition for us."
Ilkeston head into the First Round Qualifying clash searching for an upturn in form after suffering a narrow 3-2 defeat to Blyth Spartans in the Northern Premier League Premier Division on Tuesday night and Wilson has highlighted the area in which his side must improve.
"The thing is we've got to be better at is defensively," Wilson added.
"Blyth had three attempts on goal on Tuesday night and they ended up scoring them. We had eight or nine chances that we could have gone and took it on but we finished very strong in the last 20 minutes and we've got to take that into the game on Saturday."
Ilkeston's next opponents Gresley compete in the tier below, but Wilson says that counts for nothing if his players don't perform with the right mentality on Saturday.
"First of all you've got to turn in the performances. The attitude and application has got to be right and that starts with Gresley on Saturday," he said.
"We played them pre-season and we beat them but that counts for nothing now. It's a cup competition and there is prize money at the end of it and certainly after missing out on The FA Cup prize money we want to bring some money into the football club.
"Revenue is always important in non-League football."
Ex-Chelsea and Derby County striker Kevin Wilson eyes Trophy run with Ilkeston