Mind does matter says Boston Town boss Matt Hocking

Matt Hocking (left) with assistant boss Leigh Taylor.

Matt Hocking (left) with assistant boss Leigh Taylor.

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BOSTON Town boss Matt Hocking says his side are starting to win the mind games.

After a slow start to the campaign, the Poachers are beginning to click.

With winning their past three contests – each with a clean sheet – Hocking believes his youthful squad are starting to generate that belief in their play.

He told The Standard: “The confidence is coming in now.

“We have a winning mentality now.

“I’m not saying we’ll win every game, but we now know how to beat teams.

“That doesn’t mean that’s it. We’ve still got a way to go.

“But our lads now realise they they’re good enough to compete against any side in this division.”

However, the Poachers will still have to be at their best to get their target of six points from this week’s action.

On Saturday they host AFC Kempston Rovers (KO 3pm), ahead of Tuesday’s Lincolnshire derby against Deeping Rangers (KO 7.45pm), also at Tattershall Road.

Hocking added: “We want six points, but we’ll have to work hard.

“There are some tough games coming up.

“Kempston have already proven they’re a good side this season and Deeping will be a derby game.

“They have a couple of old Boston players in their side with Becks (Alex Beck) and Loz Lambley.

“They’ll be up for it so we just have to make sure we’re up for it as well.”

After disposing of Harborough, Boston Town will now face an international striker in the FA Vase.

They have been drawn away to Nottingham-based Dunkirk, and the Midland Alliance side features Montserrat international Jay’Lee Hodgson in their squad.

The 32-year-old striker had a trial with Boston United last year.

But his spell with the Pilgrims came in between his gosalscoring exploits for Montserrat in World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras.

Dunkirk beat Louth Town and the tie is scheduled for October 13.