THE MATCH: East Thurrock United will look to last season’s FA Trophy form for inspiration come the start of their campaign tomorrow.

Having reached the second round and seen off National League Aldershot Town in the process, Rocks have fond memories of the cup - with only one defeat in the last four seasons at this stage.

A first league win for more than two months on Tuesday against Gloucester City has given further mood for optimism, although Shortwood are an unknown quantity.

Be that as it may, Rocks are overwhelming favourites against the team second from bottom in the Evo-Stik South-West League - two tiers below the National League South.

Shortwood have won just three of their 13 league games so far this season, but upset higher-tiered opposition in Frome Town earlier this season.

THE INSIGHT: “Gloucester was a similar game to last Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Havant and Waterlooville,” said boss John Coventry. “We conceded early chances and Gloucester were good but lacked a cutting edge. We came through that spell and scored three marvellous goals.

“I was looking for a spark and I got that and we now have an opportunity to build up our confidence again. We play a lower level side tomorrow, and that is an opportunity.

“I watched Shortwood three years ago when they played Bath City in the FA Cup so I know a bit about them. So, without being disrespectful, this is a chance for us.”

THE TEAM NEWS: Lewis Smith is out, while Harry Honesty and Simon Peddie have been recalled from Tilbury.