PORTLAND United boss Brendon King is delighted to have drawn BetVictor Southern Premier South giants Salisbury in the FA Cup second qualifying round.

King’s men earned their place at this stage courtesy of a 2-0 victory at Longlevens and the Blues’ boss labelled the upcoming home clash on Saturday (3pm) as “massive”.

Salisbury are of particular interest to Portland fans given Whites’ boss Steve Claridge’s rich connection to Dorset having played for and managed near neighbours Weymouth.

And King believed the Wiltshire side were the biggest possible draw for the Blues outside of county rivals Weymouth and Dorchester.

He told Echosport: “If you look at the southern part of the draw, if you’re not going to get Weymouth at home, or Dorchester, I think Salisbury are massive.

“They’re a massive club, they’ve got a massive following and with the Steve Claridge connection it’s a great tie for the club.

“There’ll be a lot of stuff going on at the club preparing for it. It would be great from people off the island to come and support us and I’m sure Salisbury will bring a fair old few.

“Also, Weymouth are away so we might get a few up. It’s a massive game for the club, it’s the furthest they’ve got in 52 years and I’m really pleased for everybody involved.

“You want to test yourself at the highest level, play against the best players and teams.

“People at the club who do all their hard work without seeming to be recognised, I’m pleased for them as well.”