Boston Town are preparing for derby duties as they are set to face Holbeach United in both FA Cup and UCL Premier action.
A bizarre twist in the fixture list means that the Poachers will travel to Carter’s Park for Saturday’s FA Cup preliminary round fixture (KO 3pm), before hosting their Lincolnshire rivals at the DWB Stadium in league action just three days later (KO 7.45pm).
The Tigers squad features a number of players who helped Spalding United lift the UCL Premier trophy last season, and they were perhaps favourites to win the contest before injuries and commitments saw the Poachers prepare for the cup match without six first-team regulars.
However, Boston boss Nathan Collins - who is opting not to name the players who will be unavailable this weekend - says he is only concerned about his side’s performance.
“I’m really not that interested whether Holbeach win the league or not, to be honest,” Collins told The Standard.
“They’ll do whatever they do, but I’m only really bothered about what we do.
“We’ll play football our way and give it our best shot. We’ll treat it like every other game, we’ll go there looking to win.
“Holbeach are not a Football League club, they play in the same division as we do.”
The Poachers pocketed £1,500 for their extra-preliminary round replay victory at Walsham Le Willows last week.
And Saturday sees £1,925 in prizemoney waiting for the victorious side.
“It’s unfortunate that we’ll face them in the FA Cup this weekend, as we have a few lads out. It hasn’t really come at a good time for us,” Collins added.
“We’ll probbaly have about six missing, but I’ll probably give a couple of our younger lads a chance.
“We’ll be the underdog anyway, we’re told that Holbeach will win the league comfortably.”
Being the underdog is perhaps something that Collins is revelling in.
The former Boston midfielder believes that his youthful side will be keen to show what they can do against the side who currently top the table with four wins from four matches.
“We’ll go there knowing that our young players will play without fear,” Collins said.
“I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to seeing how our young side performs.
“We’ve got our own project going nicely.
“We’re a long way away from where we’ll be in one year or 18 months, but I think we’re showing good progress.”
Town’s Danny Woods and Lee Wattam have joined Grimsby Borough on loan after finding opportunities limited at the start of the campaign, although Collins has not ruled out bringing them back into the fold ahead of the weekend’s clash.
Tuesday’s league contest could see the Poachers make a number of changes.
“We don’t know about the injuries, but we should have three of the lads back,” Collins continued.