Boston United are relishing a golden chance to edge closer to the FA Cup first round proper.
The Pilgrims, fresh from Saturday’s 3-1 home victory over Dereham Town, will now travel to either Tividale or Leek Town in the third qualifying round next weekend (Saturday, October 11).
The Evo-Stik Division One South sides replay at Leek tonight (Wednesday) for the right to host Dennis Greene’s side in the penultimate qualifying round.
Tividale and Leek, like Saturday’s opponents Dereham, operate two levels below the Pilgrims, meaning United are favourites to reach the fourth and final qualifying round on October 25.
Greene, who is likely to watch tonight’s replay at Harrison Park, is taking nothing for granted though and told The Standard: “It will be another tough encounter, particularly away from home, but once again we could not have asked for better than being drawn against a side two divisions below us.
“We have important league business to deal with in the meantime, so hopefully by the time next weekend’s cup fixture comes around, we remain in good shape overall.”
The Pilgrims were in Vanarama Conference North action last night (Tuesday) at Aggborough against Worcester City, before hosting Hednesford Town at The Jakemans Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
The Pitmen have not started particularly well so far this season, having been beaten in last season’s play-offs by eventual promoted side Altrincham.
They went out of the FA Cup at the weekend to lower level King’s Lynn Town.
United’s influential defender Carl Piergianni will complete his three-matchw ban on Saturday, while striker Marc Newsham is now finally back in contention after a six-month lay-off with knee troubles.