Boss Lee wants his players to start beating the best

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BOSTON United joint manager Jason Lee has seen the Pilgrims compete with the division’s best in recent weeks – and now he is challenging his players to beat them.

Following defeats to pacesetters Hyde FC and Stalybridge Celtic, the Pilgrims meet Hyde again in the FA Trophy on Saturday and Lee is hoping United find it third time lucky against the Tameside clubs.

Speaking to The Standard following Saturday's 3-0 reversal at Stalybridge, in which the hosts scored twice in the dying moments to add an unfair reflection to the scoreline, Lee said: “We have shown that we can compete.

“Now we need to beat these sides if we want to enjoy some success.

“We held our own against Stalybridge and made them fight every step of the way.

“We were in the game until three minutes from the end when they picked us off as we threw so many bodies forward.

“Our performances bode well but we need to start turning them into results against the better sides.

"We have that chance against Hyde. It's a tough draw but they will not be relishing coming back to Boston so quickly. We are confident we can get through to the next round."

Hyde and Stalybridge currently hold a healthy lead over the rest of Blue Square Bet North and Hyde were 2-0 winners at The Jakemans Stadium on November 12.

Four weeks on, the Pilgrims will be gunning for an FA Trophy victory (kick-off 3.00pm) with £5,000 up-for-grabs in prize money.

United were 1-0 winners over Workington in the previous round, while Hyde recorded a 1-0 success at Matlock Town.

The Pilgrims hope to welcome winger Tyrone Kirk back following illness, while joint manager Lee Canoville is not far away from fitness following a hamstring problem.