BOSTON United are desperate to progress in the FA Cup – but they cannot dare underestimate how much victory would also mean to opponents Kettering Town.
After several years of disappointment, the Pilgrims know they need to do better in the world’s most famous cup competition.
“I know a cup run is important to the club and the fans. It is to me as well,” said manager Jason Lee.
“We want to do as well as we can in every game.
“We’ll never take any match lightly.”
Last season, Lee saw his Pilgrims humiliated at the first hurdle, dumped out of the cup 2-0 at Evo-Stik Northern Premier outfit Kidsgrove following a goalless clash at York Street.
The season before, Boston were again beaten in their opening clash on the road to Wembley, a last-minute goal seeing Worcester City leaving as 3-2 victors.
The season before, they defeated Loughborough Dynamo, only to disappointingly lose at Lowestoft Town (1-0) – meaning Boston have won just one of their past six games in the competition.
This has been a regular point of frustration for chairman David Newton due to the prize money on offer. The winners of Saturday’s clash will receive £4,500.
But while United could do with the cash, visitors Kettering are even more in need.
Rumour has it that the Poppies played their last FA Cup game – a 3-0 replay victory over Wisbech Town – in their away strip as the laundrette kept hold of the club’s first-choice colours because the bill hadn’t been paid.
The last two seasons have seen Kettering – once United’s great rivals in the Conference – fall from grace.
After owner Imraan Ladak left the club, it was announced the once full-time outfit had debts of £1.2 million.
The Poppies entered into a CVA following a spell when many players left the club due to not being paid their owed wages.
After being relegated from the Blue Square Bet Premier last season, Kettering were demoted to the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier.
Boston last faced Kettering in the 2007-08 season, losing both league matches and a Setanta Shield clash.
Kettering was also the club which offered Paul Gascoigne the role of manager after he left Boston United, where he had a player-coach position.