Oxhey Jets will head into their FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie at home to Wantage Town on Saturday in good spirits after registering their first win of 2018-19 in mid-week.

A long-range Luke Jones strike was enough for the Jets, for whom Rak-su's Ashley Fongho was available to play, to get their season up and running against London Colney following two previous defeats.

Now their attentions will be firmly fixed on the challenge posed by Wantage, one of last season’s stand-out sides in the Hellenic League Premier Division, ahead of this weekend's clash at the Boundary Stadium.

And if playing in the oldest knockout competition in world football was not big enough an incentive for the South Oxhey club, the FA have this season announced amendments to the prize fund.

Victors from each of the 184 Extra Preliminary Round ties are in line for £2,250 in prize money, while clubs who are knocked out at the first hurdle will claim £750 as compensation.

Jets boss Tim O’Sullivan acknowledged the bumper pay packet on offer should his side progress but was keen to emphasise the excitement of the whole occasion for everyone connected with the club.

Moreover while conceding that his squad won’t know a great deal about their opponents, he believes they can only judge them on the basis of an excellent season last term where they finished fourth in a division containing FA Vase winners Thatcham Town.

But O’Sullivan is a man with cup pedigree having led Watford club Sun Sports to their best ever runs in both the FA Cup, where they reached the first qualifying round in 2016, and FA Vase, and he will be determined to orchestrate something similar with his current employers.

“It’s always massive, the FA Cup. It’s always huge for the players, for us as managers and for the club,” O’Sullivan said.

“It’s a very tough draw that we’ve had and Wantage Town are a very good side. They were in the same league as Thatcham Town who won the Vase, and I think they got a result against them as well.”

Wantage, meanwhile, will arrive in south-west Hertfordshire bang in form, having made an impressive start to the new season with maximum points from their two league games against Fairford Town and Binfield.

“They’re definitely sort of unknown to us,” O’Sullivan said. “All we can go by is I think they’re a progressive club and if they’ve kept the same players and kept the same group, then we’re in for a very tough game.”