Witness the fitness! Jelleyman believes Boston United will be too strong for Skemersdale in FA Trophy replay

Gareth Jelleyman.
Gareth Jelleyman.

Boston United captain Gareth Jelleyman believes his team’s superior fitness will book them a place in the second round of the FA Trophy.

This evening, the Pilgrims make the long haul to Evo-Stik Northern Division One side Skelmersdale for the first-round replay, following Saturday’s 1-1 draw (KO 7.45pm).

But Jelleyman - who has played in cup matches at the likes of Stamford Bridge and the Stadium of Light in his career - knows how much a big performance can take out of an underdog.

“Our fitness will prove a big point, they must have put in a lot of energy when down to 10 men. Hopefully, that will work in our favour,” Jelleyman told The Standard.

“They were holding on at the end.

“You put so much into the first game and then you do struggle after only a couple of days to recover.

“We’ll do everything to prepare properly.”

However, things haven’t always gone that way for United in the past.

Replay defeats at the likes of Quorn and Kidsgrove Athletic are still stuck firmly in the minds of those at York Street.

But Jelleyman wants to put that right.

He added: “We’ve been talking about that and you can’t let that happen.

“The boys are confident we can get the job done.”

On Saturday, Kenny Strickland gave Skem a second-half lead, only for Spencer Weir-Daley to level.

The visitors finished with 10 men following Antony Hickey’s late follow-through on Marc Newsham.

But with earning a replay, Boston must now make the 160-mile trek to Lancashire in midweek.

“It’s not what we want to do, but it’s what we’re paid to do,” Jelleyman added.

“We’ve had a good look at them now.

“They’ll be confident but we’re equally as confident.”

Boss Jason Lee promised those die-hard fans making the long journey they won’t be disappointed.

He said: “It will be tough but we have to be ready.

“It’s similar to Tadcaster away. But we did that right.

“I expect us to be mentally and physically ready to go again.

“We will definitely give our travelling fans 110 per cent.”
Meanwhile, Weir-Daley added: “It’s going to be tough, a long trip.

“We got ourselves in this situation so we’ve got to get ourselves out of it.”