Dennis Greene says it is about time that Boston United put a good FA Cup run together.
The world-famous competition has not been one for Pilgrims fans to savour in recent years.
But the manager believes it is time for that to change as he takes his side to Kirby Muxloe on Saturday (KO 3pm).
“Being away from home to lower teams can always be a leveller, but we’re heading in the right direction,” Greene said.
“Confidence is building.”
Muxloe sat 20th in the United Counties League Premier Division, three divisions below the Pilgrims, with just one win from four league contests ahead of last night’s clash against ON Chenecks.
But Greene has no doubt that the hosts will give everything to claim the scalp of Boston in this second qualifying round, where £4,500 in prizemoney is up for grabs.
“It’s a big ask for them, they are 20th in the UCL, and that doesn’t lie,” he added.
“As long as we don’t get nervous and are sensible about it then, no disrespect, they’ll give it a go but we should come out on top.”
But Greene was adamant to point out that you should never underestimate a team because of their league standing.
He continued: “It’s always better being the underdog as the other team doesn’t want to get beat.
“There’s a fear of getting beat.
“If an underdog does well and still loses then it’s pats on the back all round for them, we’re in a no-win situation.
“We want to get to the first round and get a league club so we can be the underdog.”
Boston’s FA Cup record has hardly been inspiring for the past decade.
Only once have they managed to win more than one game in the competition in a single campaign in the past 11 seasons.
That was in 2008-09 when Tommy Taylor’s side defeated Glapwell, Stamford and Southport before being beaten 3-2 by Cambridge United, one victory shy of the first round.
Greene has recorded wins against Dereham Town and Stafford Rangers, but seen his side exit at the hands of league rivals Brackley Town and Gainsborough Trinity, as well as suffering defeat at Leek Town.
Only once, against Dereham, has Greene been handed a home tie in six draws as Boston boss.
“I think we’ve been really unlucky,” he added.
“We always get away draws in the FA Cup.
“Where are our home draws?
“I’d love one.”