Pilgrims face cup derby duel

Boston united  v Chorley - Boston manager Dennis Greene EMN-150914-143058002
Boston united v Chorley - Boston manager Dennis Greene EMN-150914-143058002

Boston United have been handed a tricky trip to face county neighbours Gainsborough Trinity in the second qualifying round of this season’s Emirates FA Cup.

Just four weeks after losing 1-0 at the Northolme in league action, the Pilgrims will be back in Gainsborough for a rematch with a knockout theme.

A place in the third qualifying round plus £4,500 prize money will be up-for-grabs alongside the usual bragging rights connected with the eagerly-awaited county derby.

The tie will be played on Saturday, September 26, with a potential replay scheduled at The Jakemans Stadium for Tuesday, September 29.

The draw comes hot-on-the-heels of Saturday’s disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Chorley in Vanarama National League North — a match the Pilgrims led 1-0 at half-time.

It was the first time since November 2012 that the Pilgrims had led a league match at home and lost — and only the second time at all during Dennis Greene’s two-and-a-half year reign as United boss.

Saturday’s defeat was all the more disappointing as United had dominated the first hour.