We will not underestimate Gingerbreads in cup final, says Boston United boss Lee

Boston United v Blyth Spartons, football action.
Boston United v Blyth Spartons, football action.

BOSTON United will refuse to underestimate Grantham Town in tonight’s Lincs Senior Shield final, says boss Jason Lee.

The Pilgrims travel to the Meres Leisure Centre to face the Gingerbreads, hoping to lift the first trophy of the Lee-Canoville era.

“We’ll put out the strongest side we can,” said Lee, perhaps learning from last season’s final defeat to Stamford.

However, the boss did not rule out making major changers to the line-up.

“We have to bear in mind that we’ve got games coming up but there are people who need games as well,” he added.

“Also there are some younger players we’d like to have a look at. We need to give them a better competitive level of football.

“We put a lot of hard work into getting there. We won’t throw this away now, we’ll go there with a strong team and try to win it.”

Youth teamer Lewis Sturman, along with fringe players Chris Hall, Ricky Drury, Leon Constantine, Jason Field, Kevin Austin and Tyrone Kirk could also be offered the chance to stake their claim for a regular place tonight.

Reserve players Tony Edwards and Richard Jackson also appear to be in contention.

But whichever side he selects, Lee believes it will be strong enough to overcome Town.

He added: “You want to win every game. I’ll never send a team out, and nor will Lee, with no intention of winning.

“People watch us and expect us to put in a performance.

“We’ll rev the team up and send them out and they need to show us what they’re about.”

Blue Square Bet North Boston would be unwise to expect to breeze past a confident Grantham side who currently sit top of the Evo-Stik Division One South. Last year, the shield eluded Boston as they put out a mix-and-match side to face Stamford, eventually losing on penalties following a dull 0-0 draw.

Once again, tonight’s fixture will go straight to spot kicks if it is all square at full time.

Boston won the Lincs Senior Shield at the Meres 1-0 two seasons ago, courtesy of Shaun Pearson’s headed goal.

They booked their place in the final beating Lincoln United and Gainsborough Trinity, both 2-1.

Kick off is 7.45pm.