Hastings United v Guernsey
The FA Cup with Budweiser
First Round Qualifying
3pm, Saturday 14 September 2013
The Pilot Field, Hastings United FC
Winning clubs receive £3000 from The FA's prize fund
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By Sam Petherick
New Hastings United manager John Maggs has warned that a repeat of last season's magical run to The FA Cup Third Round Proper is unlikely this time around.
Hastings were the lowest-ranked team left in the competition when they travelled to the Riverside Stadium to face 1997 FA Cup Finalists Middlesbrough earlier this year.
But the squad which Maggs, who replaced player-boss Sean Ray just three weeks ago, has inherited is vastly changed from the one which lost 4-1 at Middlesbrough in January, with Guinea-Bissau forward Bailo Camara being the only starter from that day who has remained at the club.
Maggs' side now begin the new campaign with a tie against fellow Isthmian South Division side Guernsey in the First Qualifying Round and the manager is refusing to look beyond Saturday's fixture.
"If we're going to progress any further, we're going to have to be at our best to get a result," he said.
"The club might not achieve anything like last year's run for another 50 years, so it will be very difficult to repeat.
"The FA Cup is a really exciting event for everyone connected with the club due to the success of last season.
"But we have to take a step back and say the past is the past, and go again."
Maggs is something of a local non-League legend, who began his managerial career with Crawley Town back in 1987 and he has tasted joy in The FA Cup before.
He led Crawley to the Third Round Proper in the 1992 season, where they played in front of 18,000 fans at local rivals Brighton & Hove Albion.
And in the 2007-08 campaign Maggs took Horsham to a Second Round Proper replay against then League One leaders Swansea City, with both the initial fixture and the replay shown live on TV.
However, he modestly denied there was anything unique about his methods and instead praised the nature of the competition.
He added: "I don't think there's a secret to it.
"It's my job to make sure the players are prepared and there is no better motivation than playing in The FA Cup."
Hastings United v Guernsey
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