MALDON and Tiptree boss Wayne Brown believes his players have a huge incentive ahead of their FA Cup fourth qualifying round home tie against Haringey Borough.

The Jammers have enjoyed a fantastic start to the new season and will be looking to cause another upset by beating Pitching In League Premier side Haringey and reaching the first round proper of the competition for the second successive season.

Maldon reached the FA Cup second round proper last season, beating Leyton Orient along the way - and boss Brown would love to see them advance again in the competition.

Brown said: “To reach the first round proper in the FA Cup would be a massive prize for the lads.

“To do that again at our level would be some achievement and it’s one that they’ll want to be involved in.

“Last year we got to the second round and we’ll be looking to get into the first round proper, on Saturday.

“I think we’ll be the only club at our level that would have achieved first round proper in two successive seasons, so it’s a really big carrot for us.

“But it’s not one that we’re underestimating and we know we’re in for a tough game.

“When I was at Colchester we were more often than not underdogs in the FA Cup and I think we’ll go into the Haringey Borough game as underdogs on Saturday, with us playing against a team a league above us.

“But we did that against Braintree who are two leagues above so it’s something that the lads have encountered before.

“We’ll be confident in what we can do and we’ll try and take the game to Haringey – that’s the message I’ll be giving the lads.

“It’s about what we do and our approach and mentality going into the game, no matter who we’re playing.

“If we can get that right, we’ll give ourselves a fighting chance."

Maldon have enjoyed an excellent start to the new season.

They are second in division north having been unbeaten in their first four league games and are still going strong in the FA Cup and FA Trophy.

But they face a Haringey side who have also made a promising start to the new campaign, having won four of their opening six league matches in the Isthmian Premier.

Brown said: “It’ll be a tough game.

“Haringey have had a really good start to the season.

“They’ll be well-organised and physical.

“We played them last year in another cup competition but it was very much two weakened teams, if you like.

“Before the draw was made I said anyone at home, because I think it always gives you a fighting chance.

“It’s one that the lads I’m sure will be looking forward to."

Maldon and Tiptree have so far won £11,250 in the FA Cup this season and victory on Saturday will pocket them a further £9,375 in prize money.

“The prize fund in the FA Cup is massive for our football club, at our level," said Brown.

“It can be a massive help for not just this season but for the seasons to come."