Marc Newsham says Boston United must be toasting victory over the Brewers

Marc Newsham.
Marc Newsham.

MARC Newsham believes Boston United must down the Brewers.

On Saturday, the Pilgrims travel to face Tadcaster Albion in the FA Cup’s third qualifying round.

And after several years of embarrassing defeats in the competition, the strike ace says it is time to change things around.

After winning just one of six matches in the FA Cup, United exorcised some demons in the previous round with a 1-0 victory over Kettering.

But after last season’s defeat to Evo-Stik Northern Premier side Kidsgrove Athletic, Newsham refuses to once again lose to lower-league opposition.

“Last year we were awful and deserved to go out,” he said.

“That has played on our minds here and we want to put that right with a good run.”

Tadcaster currently compete in the Northern Counties East League.

But expecting to just turn up and win is not something United can take for granted.

Names such as Quorn, Tiverton, Congleton, Kidsgrove and Brigg should remind Pilgrims fans of their side’s most questionable times in knockout football, just as that 6-1 thrashing of Derby County in 1955 proves the formbook means nothing.

Another player hoping for a good cup run is Ben Fairclough.

He was part of the Notts County squad which reached the fifth round in 2010, beating Premier League Wigan in a replay before being knocked out by top-flight Fulham.

However, as a spectator, Fairclough never really felt part of the celebrations.

He told The Standard: “To get a run in the cup would be great.

“I’ve not particularly got any good memories in the competition yet.

“I’ve been involved in a squad which has done well, when County reached the fifth round.

“It was good but I’d prefer to be playing on the pitch.

“It was frustrating watching that happen and not really feeling part of it.”

Kick off at the 2Inspire Stadium on Saturday will be 3pm.

Tuesday’s Blue Square Bet North match against Gainsborough was postponed due to Trinity re-arranging their FA Cup replay with Chester FC.