WHILE Billericay Town’s FA Cup first round trip to Forest Green Rovers is eight days away, Jamie O’Hara insists his side’s cup final comes this weekend.

Billericay will welcome high-flying Weymouth to New Lodge tomorrow.

And, with him seeking a play-off push despite the financial constraints since Glenn Tamplin stepping down as owner in September, O’Hara feels Town must take maximum points.

“The FA Cup run is fantastic for the club and gets some great money along with a good trip to Forest Green,” said O’Hara, who replaced Harry Wheeler in the hotseat just 24 hours before Tamplin walked away from the National League South club.

“But the league form has not been good enough and our away form has not been great.

“I’ve told the players that this is a cup final because we can’t drop any more points.

“If we want to stay in and around it, challenging for the play-offs come Christmas time, we need to pick up points.

“I think this club can be there and if I can get a couple more players in to strengthen us a bit more at the back, I believe this club still has a chance - despite everything going on and the players I’m losing - of getting in the play-offs.

“We’ve got to win our home games and this is a huge game because Weymouth are a good side.”

Weymouth head to south Essex having made an impressive start to life back in the second tier of non-league football.

Having secured promotion last term, the Terras are now third in the National League South standings following a 1-1 draw at Eastbourne Borough in midweek.

Billericay, meanwhile, prepared for tomorrow’s contest by booking their place in the fourth round of the Essex Senior League thanks to a 3-2 win over Southend United.

Jake Robinson came off the bench to score a hat-trick, while player-manager O’Hara also played a key role after entering the fray as a substitute.

And O’Hara admits he will be working on his fitness levels in case he is needed in the future.

O’Hara added: “I’m the gaffer now, so I don’t train because I’m coaching and getting them to play a certain style.

“I’ve put on a bit of timber but I still look at games and think I can impact the game.

“I struggled with my knee at the start of the season but that’s alright now.

“I’m going to have to look at myself and probably lose a stone because I can play but I can’t run.

“However, I don’t want to play and I’ve told the boys there is a problem if I have to come on.”