Winning is the perfect hangover cure, Matt Hocking tells Boston Town

Nichael Simpson of sponsor Angels Taxis hands the club's new training kits to Hocking.
Nichael Simpson of sponsor Angels Taxis hands the club's new training kits to Hocking.

Boston Town boss Matt Hocking believes two derby matches this week can help the Poachers overcome their FA Vase exit.

On Saturday, Town travel to face Yaxley in the United Counties League Premier Division (KO 3pm).

This will be quickly followed up by Tuesday’s home clash against Holbeach United (KO 7.45pm).

And after the Poachers’ 1-0 Vase defeat at Gornal Athletic at the weekend, Hocking believes a swift return to action is the best way forward.

He told The Standard: “Sometimes when you’re knocked out of a cup competition you get that hangover and you can’t always motivate yourself.

“But I think these matches are exactly what we need.

“We have to be ready for them straight away.

“Neither will be an easy game.

“Yaxley beat Quorn on Saturday, and we believe Quorn are the best team we’ve played this season.”

After the trip to Brett Whaley’s Cuckoos, Town will be turning their attention towards the fierce rivalry with the Tigers.

John Chand’s side agreed to postpone the fixture from last week to help Town’s preparartions ahead of the Gornal clash.

However, neither side will be offering any charity in midweek.

“Matches like this bring the best out in us,” Hocking continued.

“We drew with Spalding in a similar game this season.

“I think our cup run may have seen us take our minds off the league for the last few weeks.

“But there are no excuses now. We’ve got to show we’re a good side.”