Dennis Greene believes that Boston United’s FA Cup clash at Kettering will be decided by the team that has the strongest desire to progress.
The Pilgrims travel to Latimer Park on Saturday to face the Poppies in the third qualifying round (KO 3pm).
Southern League Kettering may be one division below Boston, but Greene expects them to push his side.
“It’s a very strong league, I’ve managed in it, played in it,” he said.
“Kettering are one of the strongest teams in there, all their players are ex-Conference North players and some have played in the National Conference and the Football League.
“It’ll be a real humdinger of a cup tie. It’ll be a good atmosphere on a tight ground.”
Greene is looking forward to the challenge of trying to take United to the final qualifying round for the first time since he joined the club in 2013.
He added: “It’ll be a real battle, a proper FA Cup tie.
“The team that wants it the most will win it.
“I don’t think the pitch will do either side any favours, so it’s down who who wants it the most.”
Boston and Kettering have a fierce historic rivalry.
But meetings between the two have been scarce in recent seasons.
September 2012 was the last time the two sides locked horns, with Ben Fairclough’s strike settling an FA Cup qualifier in the Pilgrims’ favour at York Street.
The winner’s of Saturday’s match will bank £7,500 in prize money as well as progressing to the final qualifying round.
On loan defender Joe Robinson has extended his stay with the Pilgrims for a further four weeks.
The Ipswich Town youngster has played every minute of the last eight games and will be eligible for selection until October 22.
Boston United’s under 18s will host Loughborough Dynamo in the FA Youth Cup on Monday (KO 7.45pm).
The youngsters booked their place in the second qualifying round following last Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Leicester Nirvana at the Jakemans Stadium.
Peter Evison scored the only goal of the game in the 44th minute.