Collins wants Boston Town to upset the apple cart

Nathan Collins.
Nathan Collins.

Boston Town have warned the UCL Premier’s top sides to underestimate them at their peril.

The Poachers face title challengers Huntingdon Town on consecutive Saturdays, beginning with this weekend’s home contest (KO 3pm).

Sandwiched in between those matches will be the UCL Knockout Cup clash at runaway leaders Spalding United on Tuesday (KO 7.45pm).

“We’ve got three really tough games coming up - but I’m looking forward to them,” said Collins.

“We’ve got Huntingdon on back-to-back weekends and Spalding as well.

“But we’ve got plenty of quality, and if any of the top teams take us lightly then they’re in for a shock.”

Collins says his side played their best spell of football since he took over in the Poachers dug-out during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

But after losing defenders Michael Wood and Nick Jackson to injury, Fazel Koriya capitalised on the changes at the back and netted the winner from a corner in the 71st minute.

Victory was enough for the Diamonds to claim second spot, with Boston remaining in 15th.

Looking forward to Saturday’s match, the Town boss added: “They’re massive games, but we’ll prepare for it just like we would against any other team.

“I think Huntingdon will be the team who push Spalding the closest for the title at the end of the season.”

The Poachers have already been beaten three times by the Tulips this season.

They lost 3-0 and 12-0 in the league and 3-0 in the county cup.

But those defeats don’t bother Collins, who accepted the Boston job after all three of those contests.

“I’m not worried about what happened in the past,” he said.

“Spalding are a better side than us, no doubt.

“You just have to look at where they are in the league, the run they’ve been on and their budget. They’re streets ahead of us right now.

“But this is a one-off cup game. Anything can happen and we’re going to try to win the match.”

The Tulips are 13 points clear of Rushden at the top of the table, having won 22 of their 23 matches.

Boston are currently 45 points behind, having played two extra matches.