Ian Ross has warned Southport that Boston United are in the mood for an FA Trophy upset.
The Pilgrims are hungry to take the scalp of their Skrill Premier opponents on Saturday, as the two sides lock horns in the north west (KO 3pm).
A prize of £5,000 and a place in round two of the Trophy are up for grabs, and Ross believes Boston are ready to prove themselves against the Sandgrounders, who sit one division higher in the footballing ladder.
“I think we usually play well against the the better teams,” Ross (pictured) said.
“It’ll be a good test for us but we’ll up our game. On our day we’re a match for anybody, whether they’re in our league or a league above.
“We want to win every game we play, and we set out to win every game we play.”
It’s almost five years to the day - November 11, 2008 - that United last faced Southport, goals from Kieran Leabon and John Rowan seeing the Pilgrims leave Haig Avenue with a 2-0 FA Cup victory.
On that occasion, The Port were again one division higher.
Simon Weaver netted twice as Boston drew 2-2 at Haig Avenue in a Blue Square North fixture the previous season and Boston’s most memorable success came in 2002, when they came from 2-0 down to record a 3-2 victory during their Conference-winning campaign, Daryl Clare (two) and a Shaun Teale own goal proving the difference.