MARTYN Lakin says this season’s defeat against derby rivals Holbeach United was a ‘hard pill to swallow’.
But the Poachers manager believes his side will be more than up for the challenge as the two opponents lock horns again tonight (Wednesday).
The Tigers left Tattershall Road with a 2-1 victory in August after a fiery clash saw Town striker Danny Matson red carded for an off-the-ball incident with Jamie Stevens.
Despite the Poachers struggling to find the net in their past three outings, and Holbeach scoring six as they defeated Daventry on Saturday, Lakin believes a UCL Premier derby could be just the thing to kick-start the club’s season.
“Losing to Holbeach was a hard pill to swallow,” Lakin said.
“We’d done well to get back in the game and people were saying they couldn’t believe we were down to 10 by the way we were playing.
“But I honestly believe that one moment or one result can galvanise our players.
“They’re playing well but the ball just doesn’t seem to want to go into the net.
“Holbeach are doing well at the moment, and respect to them for that.
“But a lot of the players move in the same social circles and I know that bragging rights will be important to everyone.”
Town have added 19-year-old attacker Kieran Davies to their side on a month’s loan from St Neots.
The ex-Boston United youth-teamer was a part of the Saints side which won the UCL Premier last season.
He has already scored against Town while on loan for Yaxley earlier this season, a match the Cuckoos won 3-1.
The Poachers will also welcome Danny Matson and Tom James back into their ranks tonight while Sam Kirton will be unavailable for a fortnight.
Lakin, meanwhile, continues to search for players to add to his squad.
The club have been linked with experienced midfielder Matt Oswin.
The 32-year-old, currently at Barton Town Old Boys, has previous experience with Spalding, Holbeach and Wisbech.
Tonight’s clash kicks off at Carter’s Park at 7.45pm.
Town are without a game this Saturday but return to Blackstones for a Lincs Senior Trophy fixture on Wednesday (KO 7.45pm).