BOSTON Town boss Ian Dunn admits derby rivals Holbeach United are the clear favourites to beat his side tonight (Wednesday).
However, he is backing his Poachers to defy the odds and inflict United’s first league defeat of the campaign.
The second-placed Tigers have won all nine of their UCL Premier matches this term, while Town have lost their last four contests.
But Dunn expects form to go out the window when these Lincolnshire rivals meet at Carter’s Park tonight (KO 7.45pm).
“A gambling man would bet on Holbeach right now,” said Dunn.
“But if I was in the bookies I’d have to back my boys.
“We’re a good side and we just need to find our best form again.
“Anything can happen in a game like this, so we’ll be confident of getting a result.”
United boss John Chand is another who knows his side’s good start means nothing.
He said: We may have won nine out of nine, but form goes out the window against Boston.
“The games between us are always eventful and highly charged, so we’ll have to be ready for that.
“We’ve got a few ex-Boston players in the squad, so that’ll add a bit of spice to the occasion too.”
Holbeach’s squad features ex-Poachers Adam Jackson, Ben Brown, Craig Parker and Jack Smith, the latter two having signed up with Town at the start of the season.
Tonight’s fixture will be followed by Saturday’s clash at Nottingham-based Dunkirk in the FA Vase.
Dunkirk knocked Louth Town out in the last round, and the Poachers turned to White Wolves boss Daryl Clare for some advice.
“We’re told they’re a big, strong, physical side who will take the game to us,” Dunn added.
“But we have to be up for the game.
“It’s a competition we want to do well in.”
Town are confident they can hold on to Matt Barber, who Deeping Rangers are attempting to entice with a seven-day approach.
The attacker is based in Peterborough, but Dunn believes Barber is settled and will not return to his old club.