MANAGER Karl Gormley is hoping his side can kick-start another successful FA Cup run this year when they welcome Belper United to Sixways on Saturday.

Raiders' season began on Tuesday with an entertaining 0-0 draw away at Pershore Town in the Hellenic League Premier opener but now switch their attentions to the most prestigious cup competition in the world.

Gormley's side made their FA Cup debut last season as a football club, beating Step 4 Daventry Town in their extra-preliminary round replay at Sixways, before thrashing local rivals Malvern Town 4-0 in another replay in the preliminary round. 

Raiders were knocked out in the first round of qualifying but the two home replays did wonders for the club financially, and now Gormley is hoping his side can repeat their efforts this time around. 

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"Saturday is a game for the club more than anything," said Gormley. "It's a chance for us as a squad to give back to the football club like we did last year with the run we produced.

"We will be going out to win the game like we always do. If we win that we could possibly end up playing nine games in August but we have the squad to compete and this is what we want, we want to be in these big games.

"We had a few missing on Tuesday night at Pershore but everyone came through that game unscathed and Saturday we will be 100% ready to go.

"Everyone is fit, some of the suspensions are finished and some of the boys are back from holidays so we are ready to go."

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The non-league football season is now well underway for all clubs up and down the country and clubs across Steps 4 and 5 are in FA Cup extra-preliminary round action. 

Raiders' city neighbours Worcester City are in action against Dudley Town at Claines Lane, whilst Malvern Town head to Rugby Town in their tie. 

In the other games involving Worcestershire clubs, Stourport Swifts host Coventry Sphinx and Bewdley Town welcome Daventry Town to Ribbesford Meadows.