BEATING Cambridge United today and then landing a lucrative tie in the FA Cup third round would be ‘almost like winning the lottery’ for Newport County AFC, says boss Michael Flynn.

And while the Exiles manager refuses to get ahead of himself, he has reiterated his desire for the club to spend any major prize money they could earn on a training ground of their own.

First and foremost, Flynn’s men must see off the challenge of League Two rivals Cambridge United, who themselves picked up a hefty sum in cup earnings after reaching round four in 2014-15.

At the time it was reported that the U’s made more than £1million having taken Premier League giants Manchester United to a replay at Old Trafford, which they eventually lost 3-0.

County could well have been in a similar position last season when they drew at Plymouth Argyle in the second round and had the incentive of a trip to Liverpool going into the replay.

However, the Pilgrims ended up going to Anfield, where they held the Reds to a goalless draw, following an extra-time victory at Rodney Parade.

Flynn, whose charges started their cup campaign by beating Walsall, can’t wait to face Cambridge on home soil tomorrow (kick-off 2pm) and then see what Monday’s draw brings.

“If we can get into the next round and get a big draw then it will be huge for the club,” he said.

“The supporters can have a great away day and the players can test themselves against the best players in the world – it’s almost like winning the lottery.

“If you ever get to play at Old Trafford, Anfield, Stamford Bridge, the Emirates or the Etihad then it’s huge.

“But then you’ve got other teams you want to draw, like Newcastle, who always fill out their stadium and have a big following.

“There’s no better feeling than playing in those types of games. It’s a free shot. Nobody expects you to do anything against them.

“As you saw last season, Plymouth took Liverpool to a replay. Anything can happen, that’s the beauty of it.

“But we’ve got a tough team in front of us on Sunday and I won’t be thinking about the third round until we actually beat Cambridge.”

Flynn’s ultimate aim would be for County to have their own ground, and he is keen to see various bodies get on board to make that happen.

The club are currently tenants at Rodney Parade, which is now owned by the Welsh Rugby Union following their acquisition of the ground earlier this year.

“There’s no reason why (the club can’t have a stadium of its own), it’s a big enough place, and it’s something that needs to happen for the city,” added Flynn.

“The club needs that. It’s everything that you miss out on – sponsorship, commercial deals, functions – it’s those kind of things that improve the fan base and make it feel it is your club.”