Canoville eyes Grimsby or Lincoln in FA Trophy draw

Lee Canoville.
Lee Canoville.

LEE Canoville is hoping Boston United will be handed a derby draw against rivals Grimsby Town or Lincoln City.

Speaking after watching his Pilgrims edge past Workington in the FA Trophy on Saturday, the manager said it would be ‘nice’ to be paired up with one of the nearby Blue Square Premier sides.

“It would be nice if we could get one of those at home,” he said.

“It would be a great atmosphere and a great day for the club as well.”

Being drawn against Grimsby would see Canoville and fellow boss Jason Lee be able to test their skills against their former Pilgrims bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst.

The Mariners also have former Boston players Shaun Pearson, Anthony Church, Gary Silk and Anthony Elding in their ranks.

Meanwhile, a clash with Lincoln would offer Lee the chance to face his former club, and United to revisit their hotly-contested matches against the Imps in their League Two days.

Whoever United face, Canoville is looking to last year’s 1-0 victory at Conference side York as an inspiration.

He added: “Whoever we get, we want to progress.

“We feel we’ve got a team that when we come up against higher opposition, we can match them.

“It would be great news to get Grimsby or Lincoln, but we’ll have to see.”

Marc Newsham scored the winning goal in Saturday’s round three match, tapping in Kevin Austin’s second-half header from close range.

But the Pilgrims had keeper Paul Bastock to thank for keeping them in the tie, pulling off a number of good blocks, including a first-half treble block.