Corinthian Casuals boss James Bracken admitted Saturday's FA Trophy preliminary round triumph over Thamesmead Town had left him thirsty to repeat last season's run in the competition.

Casuals beat Leiston and Grays Athletic along the way to a 2-1 home defeat to Hungerford Town in the first round proper - collecting more than £12,000 in prize money in the process. 

Goals from Kevant Serbony and Warren Morgan saw Bracken's boys come from 1-0 to Ryman Division North Thamesmead to win 2-1 at King George's Field at the weekend.

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The win earned Casuals £2,500 and a trip to Arseley Town or Chalfont St. Peter for the first qualifying round on October 29.

“Of course I'd love to have another good run in the FA Trophy," said Bracken.

"I said before the game that the win at Leiston in this competition last year was probably my best moment as a manager.

"Not just because of where they were in the league above us, but it was the day as a whole experience. I remember it was a miserable old afternoon where we played in the most horrible conditions that I've ever done anything in.

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"But the buzz I got from that win gave us the emphasis to put a run together, which we did.

“Obviously, the club wants a few quid from the prize money, but that isn't my concern. What I want are those days like Leiston – those moments that live with you.

"The Grays Athletic game here in the following round was for a lot of people the one that stands out. For me, it was Leiston away.

“We want to have another run. If we get through a few rounds, you can end up facing the likes of Tranmere Rovers or Wrexham or whoever.

"There are big clubs where we can have the opportunity to play in front of a few thousand and that's our opportunity to go and have more of those moments."

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Casuals are fifth in the Ryman Division South table after a bright start to the campaign and the manager believes cup success can only help his ambitions of a top five finish.

“Does a cup run harm our push in the league? Well, if you go into cup games and win them, it keeps momentum and that's a great thing. We've got a nice, healthy squad," added Bracken.

"We had five or six missing against Thamesmead that are realistically first team players pushing for a starting place.

"But we can still get a team out that wins and have a bench with unused subs who are of real quality. We have a squad that can deal with the extra cup games.

“That's why we'll approach the league, the Trophy, and the Ryman League Cup with strength where we'll have a really good crack at.

"The Surrey Senior and London Senior Cups we'll use to give others game time and give me the opportunity to look at one or two of the younger lads at the club that deserve a chance.

“I want to win. That's the main objective. I want to go home on a Saturday evening and put my feet up in front of the telly and be a winner.

"That's where it begins and ends. If you win a trophy at the end of it, then that's fantastic."

Casuals host Faversham Town on Saturday.