East Thurrock reaping FA Cup reward, says boss

East Thurrock
East Thurrock are currently 20th in the Isthmian Premier Division

East Thurrock boss John Coventry has said the build up to Saturday's FA Cup clash with Macclesfield is proving challenging, but rewarding.

The Isthmian Premier Division strugglers host the League Two side in a televised first round match.

"My phone hasn't stopped ringing and we've had so much to deal with," Coventry told BBC Essex.

"But I wouldn't swap it for anything because these are the sort of things which reward all the hard work."

The Corringham-based outfit have already beaten six teams to reach this stage of the competition.

And they overcame Blue Square Bet South club Eastbourne 2-1 to earn their clash against a Football League side.

The Rocks have attracted an average gate of around 200 fans this season, but Coventry is hoping for a bumper crowd at Rookery Hill.

"There are a lot of non-league clubs in the area, probably too many if I am honest, and we are all after the same supporters," said Coventry, who is a PE teacher in Grays.

"But most of them don't have a game the day we are playing Macclesfield and with Southend also away I hope we pick up some more support."