JAMIE O’Hara is determined to guide Billericay Town to a third consecutive FA Cup first round appearance by overcoming National League outfit Sutton United.

Billericay have matched their best ever FA Cup run by reaching the first round of the competition in each of the last two seasons before suffering replay defeats to Leatherhead and Chesterfield.

And O’Hara is keen to give his side a chance of making club history by recording a fourth qualifying round victory at Sutton tomorrow.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to get into the first round for the third year running and the boys are confident,” said O’Hara, who replaced Harry Wheeler as Town boss last month.

“We know it is a tough draw against a good National League side and they are a full-time team.

“They also have history in the competition having got to the fifth round before being knocked out by Arsenal a few years ago, but I have been watching their games and they are not what they were before.

“Sutton are struggling a bit this season and it is an opportunity for us to claim a scalp.”

While Billericay are eighth in the National League South standings, Sutton find themselves outside the relegation zone of non-league football’s top tier on goal difference.

Sutton have also won just one home match this term and O’Hara feels Town are capable of heaping more misery on their hosts.

“Since I took over, we have been the underdogs because of the players that have left and the turmoil at the football club,” added O’Hara.

“The boys have been unbelievable and, although we go into the game on the back of a 3-1 defeat at Slough Town, that was our first defeat since I took charge.

“We will be the underdogs tomorrow but I am fairly confident, with what we’ve got, of causing an upset.”

However, O’Hara knows Billericay must improve on their performance at Slough if they are to pick up a positive result.

“We were just off it in terms of how we were doing things,” admitted O’Hara.

“In the games beforehand, we had been at it but it was just one of those games where we were giving the ball away cheaply and defensively we looked frail.

“We were disappointed with the way we played, but we’ve rectified a few things.”