Hocking hopes FA Cup success can lead to a top tie for Boston Town

Matt Hocking (left) and joint boss Ian Dunn.
Matt Hocking (left) and joint boss Ian Dunn.

Boston Town will return to FA Cup action on Saturday, as they host Dereham Town in the preliminary round.

And Poachers boss Matt Hocking is hoping that the dreams of earning a plum tie later on in the competition can inspire his side.

“If you stay in the competition, you never know who you could be drawn against,” said Hocking, who has played against the likes of Premier League sides Newcastle United and Fulham during his years as a player with Hull City and York City.

“I look back on some of the matches I’ve played in in the FA Cup and some of the shirts I’ve got, and they’re the really great memories you can have from your career.

“I’m not saying we’ll be there in the third round looking for a draw against a Premier League team, but there are plenty of great matches we could be a part of.

“What if we could stay in the hat and get a draw against Boston United? Wouldn’t that be a fantastic match for the town?”

But after facing the Magpies of Newcastle, Hocking must now turn his attention to Dereham, who share a nickname with Alan Pardew’s team.

Dereham compete in the Isthmian League Division One North after winning the Eastern Counties League Premier Division last season.

Both sides may be a long way from Wembley at the moment, but with £1,925 of prize money up for grabs there is plenty to play for.

Town have already picked up £1,500 following their extra-preliminary round victory at home to Great Yarmouth Town, when Josh Ford (two) and Lori Borbely netted in a 3-2 home victory.