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Sittingbourne boss Chris Lynch says it could be the perfect time to face FA Cup stars Chichester City

Sittingbourne hope Chichester will have their minds on the FA Cup this weekend.

City, 10th in Isthmian South East, are the lowest-ranked team left in the competition and have been drawn away to Wycombe or Tranmere in the second round.

Sittingbourne manager Chris Lynch Picture: Chris Davey
Sittingbourne manager Chris Lynch Picture: Chris Davey

With a tie against League 1 opposition to look forward to and the chance to win another £54,000 in prize money, Chichester could be forgiven for not being fully focused on Saturday's home game with Sittingbourne.

Managers always say the league is more important but that surely can't be the case for Chichester, who benefited from a first-round bye following Bury's demise.

Sittingbourne boss Chris Lynch said: "If I'm honest, it could be the perfect time to play them because they've got a massive game coming up in the FA Cup.

"They've already made a lot of money and it would be life-changing for that club if they got through another round.

"Good luck to them. I hope they do it.

"If I was their manager, I'd be saying, 'right, boys, we're doing all right in the league but you only live once and you may not be in this position in the FA Cup again, so let's give it our best shot.'

"I'd be thinking, 'do I need to be playing my strongest possible XI in the league?'

"They may decide that's what they want to do, which is fair enough, but they've started well enough in the league to be able to rest players if they want to.

"It's away and it will be difficult whoever they pick but I try to win every game."

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