ADAM Peek says the FA Cup still feels special as Southend Manor prepare to face Long Melford in the extra preliminary round of the competition.

Manor are set to welcome the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side to Southchurch Park tomorrow.

And Peek is hoping to build momentum after Manor recorded their first Essex Senior League win of the season by beating Hashtag United 2-0 on Wednesday.

“This will be my third season in the FA Cup and it’s special,” said the Manor boss.

“There is always something that is going to happen and you try to enjoy the occasion.

“There is a lot at stake for the club, in terms of finances, and we need to build some momentum.

“Long Melford are a good side so we have to do the right things if we want to progress.”

A Mekhi Hyde penalty and Larry Akanbi effort allowed Manor to see off Hashtag.

And Peek was full of praise for his players.

“We were excellent and stuck to the gameplan,” added Peek.

“I said to the players before the game that they needed to outfight them and want it more, which they did.

“We defended and broke well, while I thought we were also clinical in the right areas.

“I couldn’t have asked anymore of my players.”