FA Trophy clash offers Boston United the chance for North-South bragging rights

Jason Lee.
Jason Lee.

BRAGGING rights for the North and South divide are up for grabs as Boston United return to FA Trophy action on Saturday.

BRAGGING rights for the North and South divide are up for grabs as Boston United return to FA Trophy action on Saturday.

The Pilgrims will travel to face Dartford on Saturday (KO 3pm), with a place in the third round at stake.

But after watching the Darts earn a 1-1 draw with Welling United on January 2, manager Jason Lee believes the Pilgrims have nothing to fear.

“Me and Lee (Canoville, joint manager) watched them.

“They had a good gate at a good stadium and they should be a good test for us.

“But I didn’t see anything that will cause us undue headaches or sleepless nights.”

Dartford sit fourth in the Blue Square Bet South, while Boston are 10th in the North division.

“They’re obviously a solid team, their table position proves they’re more consistent than we are,” added Lee.

“We look forward to the game and proving ourselves.

“And it’s always good to put north against south to see whose league is better.”

Pilgrims keeper Paul Bastock spent years playing in the BSBS with St Albans.

He states the cliché is true that the southern clubs put more emphasis on passing football, while the northern clubs are more direct and powerful.

Dartford booked their place in the the second round following a 3-0 victory over Brackley.

Before that they needed a replay to see off Eastbourne Borough, going through 2-1.

United earned victories against BSBN leaders Hyde (2-1) and Workington (1-0).

Dartford have a strong home record, having lost just three games at Princes Park all season.

Their last defeat was a 3-2 league loss to Woking, but they are unbeaten in four matches since then.

Ryan Semple and Lee Canoville look likely to shrug off injuries and be available for selection, while Ben Milnes is still ruled out.