Boston Town plan for FA Vase progression as they host rivals Sleaford

Derby day at the DWB...
Town boss Gary Edgley (right).Town boss Gary Edgley (right).
Town boss Gary Edgley (right).

Gary Edgley wants Boston Town to put an FA Vase run together... but first they have to get past derby rivals Sleaford.

The Poachers will host the Greens at the DWB Stadium on Saturday, with the winners earning the right to meet either Anstey Nomads or Hucknall Town in the second qualifying round.

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A mix-and-match Poachers side were beaten 6-1 in the Vase by Quorn last season as the club prioritised the FA Cup.

But there’s a new focus for Boston this season.

“When we’ve looked at cup competitions and what we want to do this season, it’s different,” said Edgley.

“Last season we almost sacrificed the Vase, sent a lot of reserves in.

“This season we want to have a real go at it. It’s a competition we want to take seriously and put our strongest teams out if possible.”

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Sleaford’s preparations have been hampered by cases of COVID-19 in the camp, with players and staff having to self isolate.

The Greens have had to postpone their past three fixtures and miss training, although Saturday’s contest (KO 3pm) has been given the go-ahead.

“It all feels closer to home at the moment,” Edgley added.

“It feels very real and reminds us there are more important things.”

The matchday sponsor is the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Florida. Bostonian Andy Sandall, a former Poachers programme editor and kitman, is director of the Daytona-based museum.