FA Cup comes to Boston United as boss eyes up second qualifying round success

Assistant manager Martyn Bunce and manager Dennis Greene
Assistant manager Martyn Bunce and manager Dennis Greene

Dennis Greene is chasing an FA Cup run ahead of Saturday’s second qualifying round clash against Dereham Town (kick-off 3pm).

And the famous trophy will be at the ground to provide inspiration for the players.

The Boston United manager is confident that the Pilgrims can avoid the banana skin posed by the Ryman North side who operate two levels below his seventh-placed Vanarama Conference North outfit.

Greene’s side returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Gloucester City at the weekend, while Dereham were losing 6-3 at Harlow Town to remain 13th in their division.

Speaking to The Standard, Greene said: “The FA Cup is important to us and we will be going all out to get the victory required to progress to the next round.

“There is plenty at stake in terms of prize money and the prestige that a cup run brings, so we will be doing everything possible to make it a successful campaign in the FA Cup.”

Greene watched Dereham dispose of higher-ranked St Neots Town in the last round and was impressed by Saturday’s opponents.

“They are a young, energetic side,” added Greene. “They will come here with nothing to lose, looking to cause an upset but we will be determined to avoid that.

“If we deliver the performance we are capable of, I am confident that will be fine.”

Greene will be without the services of on-loan Lincoln City duo Paul Farman and Conner Robinson as the Red Imps do not want the pair cup-tied.

Defender Carl Piergianni is also suspended.

l The FA Cup will be present in The Pilgrim Lounge on Saturday morning. Supporters can visit to have their photograph taken with the famous old trophy between 9-10.30am.