BOSTON Town will have to patch up their backline for Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Quorn - but manager Ian Dunn believes his side can be a match for anyone.
Last week the Poachers were rocked by the departures of defenders Craig Parker and Jack Smith, both opting to leave Tattershall Road following seven-day approaches from United Counties League Premier Division rivals Holbeach United.
And with Michael Wood still battling injury and joint manager Matt Hocking unavailable, there will be no recognised central defenders on the club’s books this weekend.
There is also a similar problem on the goalkeeping front.
Chris Wright played between the sticks on Saturday, but injury could see him out for up to a month.
Meanwhile, fellow stopper Ricky Lovelace is currently unavailable, concentrating on his cricket with Woodhall Spa in the Lincs ECB Premier.
“Losing two players so close to the end of pre-season is not ideal,” Dunn told The Standard.
“But we’re more than good enough to win the game.
“We’ve got a good side filled with good individuals who are young.
“Maybe we haven’t gelled completely yet, but I know we will fight and scrap for everything in every game.”
The Poachers are still looking to sign a further central defender ahead of Saturday’s extra-preliminary round match at home to Quorn (KO 3pm).
However, Dunn says it is not an easy task.
He added: “There’s one lad who’s played in pre-season from Birmingham, but it’s a long way for him to travel for games.
“We’d ideally like to bring someone in, but with it being an FA Cup match, teams aren’t keen to let players go on loan as they’ll be cup tied.
“We’ll keep looking.”
Saturday’s clash will be Dunn’s first competitive match in charge of Town.
He has faith in his young charges but know Quorn - UCL Premier rivals following their relegation from the Evo-Stik Northern League Division One South last campaign - will be no pushovers.
He added: “We know about their players.
“But we’ll set up the way we set up and play our game.
“That’s what we’ll concentrate on.
“We want our players to play their way - we’re good enough and can go into the match confident.”