Dennis Greene believes Boston United’s FA Trophy trek to Southport will give his side the opportunity to prove they can cut it against teams from the Skrill Premier.
The Pilgrims hit the Wembley trail again on Saturday as they travel to Haig Avenue to face the Sandgrounders.
And although Boston are determined to progress in the knockout competition, manager Greene believes the clash will be a good chance to test whether his squad are up to the challenge of life one division up.
“We go full of confidence, now let’s prove we’re capable of playing at that level as that’s where we want to be right now,” Greene said.
“We’ve got to go there with belief, we’re playing well at the moment.
“We’re four unbeaten, and we’ve got to take that forward one game at a time.
“We’ll go there in good spirits and who knows?”
Southport may be a division higher up the footballing ladder, but as United are sitting pretty near the Skrill North’s summit, the Port are struggling in their division.
Boston are unbeaten in four, while Southport have won just one of their past 10 league contests, a shock 1-0 success at the expense of Cambridge United.
Alan Wright’s side have lost their past four Skrill Premier fixtures. Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat at Luton and Saturday’s 5-1 drubbing at Aldershot were preceded by defeats to Hereford United (3-0) and Lincoln City (1-0).
Keeper Lewis King is cup tied, meaning Greene will choose between Sam Vince - who kept goal in the previous round’s 4-1 victory over Redditch - and out-of-favour Ashley Timms for the number one spot.
Left back Rene Steer returns from suspension.