“We have plenty of quality!” Collins believes Boston Town are proving they can mix it with the big boys

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Nathan Collins believes that Boston Town’s UCL Knockout Cup victory at rivals Spalding United will make the rest of the league stand up and take note.

The Poachers needed extra time to beat their table-topping opponents 3-2.

However, that victory proved a massive turnaround for a team which was thrashed 12-0 on their last visit to the Sir Halley Stewart Field in a UCL Premier contest earlier in the campaign.

“I know that means a lot to the club, there was a very positive mood in the dressing room after the match,” Collins said.

“I think it has shown what we’re capable of as a team.”

Josh Ford looked to have earned Boston a shock victory, only for Ross Watson to pull the Tulips level on the stroke of full time.

A blistering 25-yard strike from Adam Jackson put Spalding in front early into extra time, but goals from Tom Hobson and Ford saw Town progress to set up a quarter-final clash against UCL Division One side Potton on February 22.

Collins has also pointed to Town’s recent 2-1 victory over second-placed AFC Rushden and Diamonds as an example of the team showing they will be able to compete at the right end of the table.

He said: “We’re still a long way from where we want to be as a team.

“But we have had spells against the top sides where we have been outplaying them.

“We have plenty of quality players in the squad and I think that’s an indication we won’t have to change a lot in the summer.

“I’m happy with how things are going.”