Boston Town hope the return of Liam Bull can add some grit to the Poachers’ midfield.
Bull is available for selection once again following a three-match suspension, picked up for his red card in the county cup defeat at Spalding United.
And had he and Ollie Pinner both been eligible for Saturday’s FA Vase defeat at Long Eaton United, which the hosts won 2-0, manager Ian Dunn believes the outcome may have been different.
“The game would definitely have suited him and Pinner,” the joint-boss said. “It was a tough pitch but they would have been right for it.
“We were too lightweight in midfield. We put Woody (defender Michael Wood) in there but he got injured.”
The Poachers face two tough UCL Premier contests this week, hosting ninth-placed Peterborough Northern Star on Saturday (KO 3pm) and travelling to face unbeaten title favourites Spalding on Tuesday (KO 7.45pm).
Dunn believes his side’s 16th-place in the table is not a fair reflection of the ability in his squad, and suggests this week’s opponents will not get an easy ride.
“Every game in this league is winnable,” he said. “We’re not getting spanked and humiliated every week. If we were I could understand why we’re where we are.
“But we’re giving every team a game, we just need a big slice of Lady Luck.”
Pinner will miss both matches as part of his three-match ban, while Josh Ford, Jason Field and Lori Borbely are all facing one-match bans due to clocking up five yellow cards each, expected to be next Saturday.