POACHERS boss Martyn Lakin reckons Gornal Athletic will arrive at Tattershall Road fancying their chances of progressing in the FA Vase.
But he is also fully confident his Boston Town side have the quality to progress to round three.
Lakin recently went to watch the West Midlands Premier Division outfit draw 1-1 with Cradley.
But he saw enough to realise Saturday’s opponents (KO 3pm), will ensure the Poachers will, have to be at their best.
“They’re flying in their league, second with games in hand,” Lakin said.
“They’re a step six side - one level below us - but they’ll come here confident of giving us a game.
“But we’ll do everything we can to make sure we’re in the next round.”
Town were in UCL Premier action at Yaxley last night.
And without five regulars - including keeper Chris Wright - Lakin had ordered his fringe players to stake a claim for a place in the starting line-up for Saturday.
“Being without so many players is not ideal,” Lakin said.
“But it gives others a chance to show what they can do. We have plenty of players in the side who are versatile enough to play in several positions.”
Town have extended the loan spell of midfielder Kieran Davies, who scored during Saturday’s victory over Irchester.
Parent club St Neots have agreed to let the player stay on at Tattershall Road for a second month, until December 6.
However, Lakin is hoping eh can make the loan spell extended into a third month.
“Kieran’s a good player and, ideally, we’d like to keep him here for the season,” Lakin added.
Keeper Ricky Lovelace was drafted in to play for Town last night. For a report on the action, log on to www.bostonstandard.co.uk