We won’t fear Spalding United’s big-name players, says Boston Town boss Matt Hocking

Matt Hocking.
Matt Hocking.

BOSTON Town boss Matt Hocking says his side won’t fear Spalding United ahead of tonight’s UCL Knockout Cup clash.

The two Lincolnshire rivals clash at Tattershall Road tonight (KO 7.45pm).

And after already holding the big-spending Tulips to a 3-3 draw in the United Counties League Premier Division this campaign, Hocking says his side are brimming with confidence.

“We won’t fear Spalding,” he told The Standard.

“The lads drew with them earlier this season and that’s shown them they can compete with the best sides in this division.

“We’ll go out and play our game.”
Hocking says the cup clash will be the ideal opportunity for his side to bounce back after a frustrating week where defeats to Deeping Rangers and Shepshed Dynamo both arrived in the 90th minute.

Pat Rayment’s Spalding side have spent big this summer, luring the likes of former Boston United stars Lee Canoville, Chris Hall, Franny Green and Dan Cotton to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

However, Hocking – also a former Pilgrims player from the Football League days – says he can understand his opponents’ staggered start to the season.

Hocking, who played last season at Pinchbeck United – said: “It’s difficult to adjust sometimes, I’ve been there myself.

“I’ve played football professionally and then come down to this level.

“I mean no disrespect to this level, but it’s a totally different game of football.

“It can take time to adjust.”