ROB Small has called on Bowers & Pitsea to build on their record-breaking FA Cup run after reaching the fourth qualifying round for the first time in the club’s history.

After seeing the replay with neighbours Canvey Island finish 1-1 after extra-time, Bowers went onto record a 5-3 penalty shoot-out victory at the Len Salmon Stadium.

And Small was full of pride after seeing his Isthmian Premier League side extend their impressive run in the competition.

“I’m lost for words after coming this far in the FA Cup,” said the Bowers boss.

“It was written in the stars and I feel delighted.

“Without being disrespectful to Canvey, I felt we deserved it over the two games.

“We created a lot of chances and Canvey goalkeeper Lamar Johnson was unbelievable in both games.

“I have to give Canvey credit because they defended for their lives when they needed to and I have built a team on that over the last five or so years, so I respect the effort they put in.

“I’m so proud that when we were missing lots of chances the players stood up to the task and kept going.

“I thought we looked fit in extra-time and had just as much in the legs as in the first 30 minutes.

“Hopefully we can build on this run in the league.”

An impressive 452 fans packed into the Len Salmon Stadium, with the main stand in use for the first time.

And Small believes the revamp shows how far the club has come since he took charge with Bowers struggling in the Essex Senior League.

“Standing over in the dugout, I looked over and saw a giant new stand packed full of people,” added Small.

“Nights like against Canvey aren’t new for us because, thankfully, we’ve had a lot of big nights over the years.

“But they are brilliant when they go in your favour.

“I was really proud to see the stand and ground packed because a lot of hard work and money has gone into doing it.

“I’m just glad that the players on the pitch were able to create some memories for everyone involved with the club.”

Bowers will take on Chichester City in the fourth qualifying round.