Boston Town’s squad are being challenged to go out and prove they should be in the Poachers side which takes part in the FA Vase next week.
On December 8, Town travel to Midland Alliance outfit Gornal Athletic, with a place in the last 32 at stake.
But boss Ian Dunn is using Saturday’s league match against Peterborough Northern Star as a final opportunity to run the rule over his players.
He told The Standard: “We said that shirts are up for grabs.
“The boys want to play in these big games.
“It’s a massive game in the Vase but so’s the league game.
“Everyone needs to play well.”
And despite looking forward to the Gornal clash, Dunn is quick to point out that this weekend’s UCL Premier fixture is of equal importance.
He added: “You’ve got to take the league seriously.
“At some stage you may go out the Vase, but once we’re out that’s it, the league’s your bread and butter and you have to take the league seriously.
“We need to pick up more points and win more games.
“We need to press on and start getting points on the board.” That wasn’t the case this weekend, with the Poachers’ clash at Desborough postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
With illness and injury rife in the team, Dunn admitted the match being postponed was a ‘blessing in disguise’.
He was using last night’s reserves fixture as an opportunity to give some players more minutes on the pitch.
On Tuesday night, Town lost 4-1 at county rivals Deeping Rangers, but Alex Beck (two), Ash Stevens and Matt Heron all found the net.