Craig Mahon views the FA Trophy as an opportunity to provide Chester FC fans with some excitement after a frustrating first half to the season.
The winger, who featured for the final 15 minutes of the 3-1 reverse at Cheltenham Town on Saturday, has been disappointed in his own form as well as that of the team but remains confident things can turn around.
And the trip to AFC Telford United, who are struggling in the National League North, gives the Blues the chance to record an welcome victory having failed to win in five.
An added incentive is the chance to gain revenge for last season when the Bucks knocked them out at the same stage on penalties after drawing 1-1 in the initial tie and the replay.
Chester will be desperate to get a win under their belts ahead of the festive period and, with no repeat of last term's FA Cup exploits, the propsect of mounting a good run in the FA Trophy is even more appealing, particularly with the lure of a final at Wembley.
Mahon said: "I think last year we played Telford at a really bad time for us when we went through a bit of a tired spell over the Christmas period.
"Telford were relegated at the end of last season and we had a really good season so hopefully we can show the difference in quality but we've got to earn the right to do that and it's going to be a tough match.
"The FA Trophy is great to be a part of it and it can lead you to Wembley so we've got to remember that, keep working hard and hopefully give a bit of excitement back to the fans."
Mahon, who has been with the Blues since summer 2013, was one of the stars of last season but has not been able to reproduce that form on a consistent basis this term.
The 26-year-old has made 21 appearances in the league but nine of those have come from the bench.