All thoughts turn to Hyde after cup heroics

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BOSTON United have been rewarded with a home fixture in the second round of the FA Trophy – following Saturday’s giant-killing at York City.

The Pilgrims unseated Blue Square Bet Premier form side York at the weekend to book a second round clash at home to either Cirencester Town or Gloucester City, who replay at Whaddon Road tonight (Wednesday).

Gloucester are Blue Square Bet North rivals of the Pilgrims, while Cirencester ply their trade in the Premier Division of the Zamaretto League, and the winners of Wednesday’s replay will travel to Lincolnshire on January 15.

Spencer Weir-Daley struck the only goal of the game at Bootham Crescent on Saturday, but the goalscorer chose to look ahead to this Saturday’s important Blue Square Bet North encounter against Hyde FC (kick-off 3.00pm) – the Pilgrims’ first league clash since losing 4-0 at Droylsden on November 13.

Weir-Daley told The Standard: “It was a great win on Saturday and even nicer to score the winning goal.

“However, the FA Trophy is forgotten about now until January and we have some really important league matches coming up.

“We play Hyde on Saturday and really need to get back to winning ways in the league. Hopefully we can pick up all three points and then kick on towards the Christmas and New Year fixtures.”

United joint manager Rob Scott echoed his striker’s sentiments and targeted a three-point haul against Hyde on Saturday – a side United have already beaten 3-0 away from home this season.

Scott said: “The lads totally deserved their victory at York and we were immensely proud of their efforts. We looked forward to taking on a Conference team and demonstrated that we can compete.

“As soon as the final whistle sounded on Saturday, we switched our attentions back to Hyde this weekend. That may sound ultra-professional, but that’s the way it is.

“We need to get back to winning games in Blue Square Bet North and we will soon see who the runners and riders (in the promotion race) are after the Christmas and New Year matches.”

The Pilgrims will be hoping defender Kieran Murphy returns to contention after missing Saturday’s trip to York with an ankle injury. The United bosses have an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from for the visit of Hyde.

On-loan Scunthorpe United midfielder John Williams will enter the final week of his initial loan spell from Glanford Park and a decision will be made shortly regarding his continued involvement at The Jakemans Stadium.

Elsewhere, United reserves conclude their pre-Christmas fixtures with a trip to Skellingthorpe PFC in the Lincolnshire League on Saturday (kick-off 2pm).