AFC TOTTON kick off their FA Trophy campaign at home to North Leigh on Saturday (3pm) with manager Louis Langdown keen to bask in some Winchester City-type glory further down the road.

The Stags had no game last Saturday, so Langdown, assistant Adam Wilde and chairman Wayne Mew watched Winchester turn over Cirencester 3-0 to reach the FA Cup fourth qualifying round promised land.

City’s prize is a glamour tie away at former Football League club Torquay United next weekend and Langdown can’t help but feel a bit envious of Totton’s Evo-Stik Division One South rivals.

He confessed “We love what Winchester are doing, but there’s a bit of the green-eyed monster because they’ve had a real buzz about the place for the last week or two. It was the same at Lymington when they played Torquay.

"It’s what football at this level is all about.

“You know you’re almost certain to lose when you play a big club with full-time players, but it’s where everyone wants to be.”

He added: “After the FA Cup, the Trophy is the next best thing.

"With the teams we'd likely face in later rounds, we've no chance of winning it, but it would be nice to have a little Trophy run, that’s for sure.”

Totton will not be at full strength on Saturday. Jack Masterton (dislocated shoulder) and Shane Murphy (fractured skull) are still out and Liam Crook is struggling with a medial knee ligament problem sustained against Moneyfields in mid-August.

The former Hamble Club man was named on the bench at Fleet on September 22, but hobbled out of the pre-match warm-up.

"It's difficult to assess these things without medical intervention," said Langdown. "We've got to rehabilitate Liam and get him back when we can."

Connor York is doubtful, while Stuart Green’s wife is expecting a baby any day.

Defender Dave Allen, who himself became a dad last week, is available again, but he hasn’t trained and Langdown is reluctant to make too many changes after three wins on the bounce.

*Blackfield & Langley, in their maiden FA Trophy season, face an interesting assignment at Yate Town.

The pair are locked together on 17 points at the Evo-Stik Division One South summit.

“We’ve watched videos of Yate and spoken to one or two contacts about them and you can clearly see it’s going to be very difficult,” said B&L’s assistant boss Chris Farrell.