The two clubs meet at Hurst Cross in the second qualifying round on Saturday. Phillips and partner Steve Halford are relishing the challenge of becoming the first side this season to beat the Ammies, who are top of the Evo-stik NPL first division north.
Salford are managed by former Stalybridge Celtic favourite Phil Power, and this week bolstered their big-money backing by bringing in Singapore billionaire Paul Lim. He has taken a 50 per cent share of the Moor Lane club alongside Manchester United Class of 92 players Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, who own 10 per cent each.
All this could easily frighten the average manager but Phillips is taking it philosophically, describing the tie as a bit of a strange one.
He added: "We play in the division above Salford yet everyone sees them as favourites. Let's be honest we're massive underdogs but I like that because it gives us the chance to surprise people.
"I've watched Salford and they're a very good team with very good players but my feelings are as they always are when we play a side like them. Bigger and better clubs always bring out the best in us. I'm looking forward to the match"
Defender Greg Pearson is Ashton's only worry. He damaged an ankle in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Halesowen Town. Phillips could go back in goal, if selected, having completed his three-match ban.
The Robins co-boss has also welcomed the announcement that Terry Hollis is to become club chairman on a permanent basis.
He commented: "It's a good appointment. I have an excellent understanding with Terry who knows the club well and does his best to keep it on a good footing. By becoming chairman he brings a bit more continuity.
"I have a sit-down with him every couple of weeks and he does everything he can for us."