Holbeach United go into Saturday’s tough-looking Future Lions UCL Premier Division clash with Newport Pagnell Town (3pm) in a confident mood.
The fourth-placed Tigers booked their place in the Knockout Cup final with a 2-0 win over Leicester Nirvana on Wednesday, but now turn their attentions to another Carter’s Park fixture this weekend.
Boss Danny Hussey scouted eighth-placed Pagnell in their 1-0 reverse at Deeping Rangers last Saturday and was impressed with what he saw from them.
The former defender enjoyed many a fierce battle with their boss Darren Lynch, who was a feared forward in his playing career.
Hussey believes that Pagnell play in his image – and admits the fixture is a “concern” for him.
He said: “Pagnell are a very strong side, I’m surprised that they aren’t higher in the table.
“I was impressed with them on Saturday, they gave Deeping a very good game. That fixture is a concern for me, they’ll be hard to beat.
“I know ‘Lynchy’ from our playing days, we had so many battles against each other. He manages like he played; he’s always been a 100 percenter.
“We’ll have to work hard if we want to win that one.”
Meanwhile. Hussey can now speak to Wisbech Town’s Aaron Hart after putting in seven days for the right-sider, but admits that he isn’t sure if he’ll win the race for his signature.
Striker Jonny Lockie missed Wednesday’s cup semi due to being cup-tied but is back on Saturday.