LAST season’s hero Padraig Amond is hungry for more FA Cup success with Newport County AFC as they prepare for tomorrow’s first-round tie against Metropolitan Police FC.

Amond headed home Robbie Willmott’s cross to put County on course for a shock win over Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur in front of nearly 10,000 fans at Rodney Parade in January.

England captain Harry Kane’s late leveller denied the Exiles a famous victory and their remarkable run to the fourth round ended in defeat in the Wembley replay.

Michael Flynn’s men had already dumped out Walsall, Cambridge United and Leeds United by that stage and Amond wants to give the fans another campaign to remember.

“Last year was fantastic,” said the Irishman. “It was an unbelievable run and it gave the club exposure that we’ve probably never had before.

“To beat Leeds was unbelievable and it wasn’t a fluke. We deserved it.

“Obviously the Spurs game was another level and to be eight minutes away from beating them was brilliant.

“The biggest disappointment is that we didn’t hold on to the victory, because it probably would have been one of the greatest shocks in the history of the cup.

“For me to score the goal was something else and it’s something that people keep bringing up with me.

“That’s brilliant but there is still a little tinge of disappointment that we couldn’t hold on for the victory.”

And Amond is not taking anything for granted against the Southern League Premier Division South minnows tomorrow.

“I never ever get tired of talking about last year and I want that feeling again but I’m not looking past this game,” he said.

“If you start looking ahead to the third round and who you could get then you forget about what’s in front of you and that’s a massive banana skin.”

County banked around £750,000 from last season’s run and Amond hopes similar success this year could boost their League Two promotion push.

“Every lower league team knows that the FA Cup could make the difference in getting two really good loan signings in January and pushing on to the next level,” added the striker.

“You’re always looking for a decent run for the club to get some more money and in turn get better players in.

“That can be the difference in being successful and not being successful.

“The best example is Lincoln a couple of years ago when they went on their fantastic run [to the quarter-finals in 2017].

“They were able to boost the squad in January and they went on to win the Conference and they’ve pushed on again off the back of that run.

“A good FA Cup run can help secure a club’s future and also have a big say in where they go.”