Boston Town set off on the road to Wembley

Martyn Lakin.
Martyn Lakin.

MARTYN Lakin expects a physical battle ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash.

But the Boston Town manager says his side have the ire in their bellies to match opponents Glossop North End.

The Poachers make the trek to the Derbyshire for a pre-qualifying round clash (KO 3pm).

And Lakin says his side are ready for a tough scrap.

He said: “Glossop play in the North West Counties league, which is a tough division.

“I expect them to be physically aggresive and give us a tough game.

“But our lads proved they could cut it when Newport Pagnell attempted to get physical with them on Saturday.

“So I know we’re ready for the test.”

Glossop have cup pedigree, reaching the FA Vase final in 2009 before going down 2-0 to Whitley Bay on the Wembley turf.

But Lakin is no stranger to FA Cup success.

Two seasons ago, he and assistant Rob Speechley guided Bourne Town to the second round of the competition, where the Wakes were defeated 3-0 at Blue Square Bet North side Worcester City, despite a spirited showing.

And it is moments like this which Lakin believes will inspire his side.

He continued: “It’s a cliche when people talk about the magic of the FA Cup.

“But it’s true.

“It gives any team a chance against any other as all sides meet on an equal footing.”

The majority of Town’s side may be young, but the Poachers have enough FA Cup experience in their ranks.

Veteran Gary Bull has competed regularly in the competition after his years spent with Cambridge United, Barnet and Nottingham Forest.

He also scored when York City dumped Everton out of the League Cup in 1996.

Chris Wright is another with memories of the competition, making just his second first-team appearance for Boston United in the FA Cup.

However, there was nothing he could do in December 2005 when League One side Doncaster Rovers knocked League Two United out of the contest 2-1.