Boston United have been warned that Stafford Rangers could prove a potential FA Cup ‘bananaskin’.
The Pilgrims travel to face Rangers, who play one division below them in the Evo-Stik Northen League Premier Division, today (KO 3pm).
Stafford booked their place in the second qualifying round after a 2-0 replay victory at home to Chasetown.
Pilgrims boss Dennis Greene reckons that, because the hosts already have momentum in the compettition, they pose a threat to United’s progression.
He said: “We’ve just got to get through the first game.
“The first game is key as you haven’t played a game in the competition. You play at a team from a lower level and you think you’re going to go through and you go out of the competition.
“Once you win a game you get a foothold in the competition and think ‘we’re going to go on a run here’.
“It’s just getting through that first game, it’s a bananaskin.”
Greene says he has many happy memories from the competition during his time as a player, the highlight being when he faced West Bromwich Albion.
He continued: “We had a live game on the box against West Brom when I was at Wycombe.
“We drew 2-2 at home and lost 1-0 away from home, both were on the box.
“I’ve had a few FA Cup games over the years, but that was probably the highlight.”
Of course, United are several victories away from reaching anything like a televised match, but putting together a steady run could see the club pick up some much-needed funds.
The prize money for Saturday’s victors is £4,500.
United left back Netan Sansara is expecting a tough test at Marston Road.
He said: “It’s a local game for me. I’ve played with Walsall in a couple of reserve games there.
“It’s a tight pitch, they’ll make it horrible for us and they’ll be on top of us from the first whistle.
“But it’s up to us to go there, be professional and get something from the game.”
Stafford have found form at a good time as they are unbeaten in their past four fixtures.
Following their draw and replay success against Chasetown, Rangers have beaten FC United 2-1 and drew 2-2 at Grantham Town.
Marc Newsham and Scott Garner miss out through injury and new signing Indy Aujla will begin on the bench for Boston.