KUDOS and cash are the motivation for Buckland Athletic as they start their FA Vase campaign against Carlsberg South West Peninsula League opposition this weekend.
Bucks are taking on Exmouth Town away on Saturday (3pm) in the Second Qualifying Round of the competition, as the first part of a double-header of cup fixtures.
Adam Castle's side are also competing in the Devon FA St Luke's Bowl on Tuesday night, where they will travel to Barnstaple Town in the competition's second round (7.45pm).
Bucks head into their cup games off the back of 2-0 win against Slimbridge in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division last weekend.
Jordan Havlin and Dan Griffiths each netted once to give Bucks a deserved league win going into the cup run.
A prize pot of £800 will be picked up by winners in the second qualifying round, with the cash offerings rising steadily in following games.
But Castle believes victory against lower-league opposition will not be easy, with Town winning seven of their eight games in the SW Peninsula League Premier Division.
"The league is always our number one stand-out priority, but for the money and the kudos, the FA Cup and the FA Vase are up there," said Castle.
"We're out of the FA Cup, so the Vase is our only option now, but we couldn't ask for a tougher game, as it's a derby game and they [Exmouth] are absolutely flying."
He added: "If they were three games into their league season and top then you could say it could be misleading, but they are eight or nine games into the season and still on top.
"We've got to be ready for a battle and it will be winning that battle that gives us the right to play our football."
Castle said there would be 'no wholesale changes' this weekend, though the side will be missing centre-back Ben Head who is on holiday, and Castle himself is also away.
Former skipper Ben Williamson has been invited to assistant Andy Hill on the sidelines, with joint-assistant Mike Booth expected on the field.
Last weekend, striker Gavin Hammon remained sidelined with injury, while Steve Bowker and Jordan Lam both made their debuts.
Havlin's goal came after just seven minutes, as he cut inside from the right and shot across Bridge's goalkeeper Dave Evans for his first league goal of the season.
Summer signing Dan Griffiths doubled Bucks lead – which largely contributed to his man of the match award – after taking the ball down the left flank, weaving between several Bridge defenders, and lashing home from just inside the 18-yard box.
Castle picked out performances by Griffiths, Havlin and Marc Revell among the highlights of the win.
"We were very comfortable on Saturday – we're already a very good Western League side and it's up to the club where they want to move on from here.
"Dan Griffiths has got four goals in eight games, and every time it's an out of this world goal. He got thrown the ball 40 yards from goal and ran half the length of the pitch to score."
"But you never win games in the Western League without everyone contributing.
"Marc Revell came back into the side on Saturday – he's played three league games but we've kept a clean sheet in every one of them."