Football League opposition may await Oxford City in the first round proper of the Emirates FA Cup, but boss Mark Jones has called for focus ahead of two important league matches.
The Hoops travel to Colchester United next month having beaten Whitehawk, Leiston and Bognor Regis Town on Saturday to reach the first round for the first time since 2011.
Jones admitted to having mixed reactions following Monday’s draw, which also drew city rivals Oxford United away at League Two side Port Vale.
He said: “If you are being totally honest, it’s not quite the draw we’d have handpicked, but it’s a great opportunity for us to go to a League Two club.
“It’s a nice stadium and we are going to try to push and get as many supporters to come and support us on the day.
“It will certainly be a tough one, but we’ve got to go there and give our best and that’s what we will be trying to do.”
The winners will enjoy an £18,000 cash boost but before then, City, who are struggling in the bottom three of the National League South, face a trip to Hemel Hempstead Town (8th) and a home match against Concord Rovers (21st).
And Jones wants his players’ minds focused on getting the club out of trouble.
“We’ve got to forget about the tie for the time being as we’ve got two very important league fixtures coming up,” he said.
“We are obviously not in a good position in the league and we need to get some points on the board.
“[The FA Cup’s] got to go to the back of our minds for now and concentrate on these two important league games”
City secured their place in the first round with a 1-0 win against Bognor Regis Town at Court Place Farm on Saturday.
Top scorer Matt Paterson, who missed a first half penalty, got the all-important goal on 32 minutes.