Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is hoping professional preparation will fire his side to more FA Cup success.
The Dolly Blues will make the rare move of travelling down the day before their third qualifying round tie at Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit King’s Lynn Town this Saturday October 11.
The decision has been taken for the more than 200 mile trip to Norfolk to ensure City’s players have the best possible build-up to what Peacock admits is a big game for the club on and off the field.
He said: “It’s been difficult because everyone’s had one eye on this rather than the league games but now it’s here.
“It’s a big game for both clubs.
“We’re going down on the Friday because we want to be as professional as possible.
“Nobody’s going to be at their best after five hours on a coach and we had to do things right.
“The lads have sorted out their work issues so we can get them prepared right physically and mentally.
“We’ll have a bit of a training session and then go through things in the hotel before the game. It’s just that bit more professional.
“We’ve got players who started out with professional clubs but for some it will be a new experience.
“But it’s not a jolly, it’s about us getting a good result.”
Victory would move Peacock’s side to within one game of the first round proper, the holy grail for clubs of Lancaster’s size.
He said: “That’s the aim.
“We’ve all got aspirations to play against better clubs and better players.
“We want to recreate the first round games of years gone by and that starts with Saturday.
“The financial rewards are there too and that’s part of the excitement too.
“We needed a couple of good results in the league this week and got them so we’ll go there full of confidence.”
Simon Wearing and Rob Henry are returning to full fitness and should be involved against King’s Lynn.
Peacock will also have Preston North End loanees Sam Livesey and Lyle Magolis available.
The forwards, both second year scholars, featured against Brighouse and Bamber Bridge after joining on loan for a month.
The head coach said: “It will give them a bit of experience and us some back-up.
“They’ve done well so far and their attitude has been great.
“We know what sort of exercise it is for PNE and it suits both parties.”
City are running a supporters’ coach to King’s Lynn. Call 01524 382238 or 07738 019913 to book.
After the FA Cup tie the Dolly Blues host Spennymoor Town at Giant Axe on Tuesday October 14.