Cup ties suit the Poachers

Ian Dunn.
Ian Dunn.

Boston Town joint-manager Ian Dunn says the Poachers should be ‘happy’ with the draws they have been given in the cup competitions.

Town will host Great Yarmouth Town in the extra-preliminary round of the FA Cup on August 17.

This will be followed up with the FA Vase clash against Downham Town in the first qualifying round on September 7 - also at Tattershall Road.

Both opponents are from step six of the football pyramid.

“We’ve got to be happy,” Dunn told The Standard.

“Nothing’s ever guaranteed in football, but we’ve been given two home draws against sides from the level below us.

“I think every team would take that.”

The £1,500 prize money that would come with the FA Cup victory would be welcomed by the Poachers, but Dunn is quick to point out that nobody at Town is counting their chickens.

Were the club to win their FA Cup contest, they would then entertain Dereham Town in the preliminary round on August 31.

The victorious side will then be away to St Ives Town or Soham Town Rangers in the first qualifying round on September 14.

If the Poachers succeed in their FA Vase contest, they will ttravel to face county rivals Blackstones, who have been relegated from the UCL Premier, in the second qualifying round on September 21.

Town will host a Lincoln City XI in a pre-season friendly on Saturday (KO 3pm) and entertain a Grimsby Town side on Wednesday (KO 7.45pm).