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Spalding United host Boston United in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup





Spalding will be aiming to halt the Pilgrims' progress for the second successive season when they host Boston United tonight (Tuesday).

The two teams meet at the Sir Halley Stewart ground in the semi-final of the Lincolnshire Senior Cup (7.45pm kick-off).

The Tulips were 3-2 home winners in last season's meeting with their National League North neighbours in the same competition.

Nathan Stainfield wins a header in last season's victory over Boston United.
Nathan Stainfield wins a header in last season's victory over Boston United.

And manager Elliot Sandy is again targeting progress in what is an attractive fixture for his promotion-chasing side.

He said: "We will be playing to win - it's as simple as that.

"Everyone knows about Boston United and their history and how good a side they are.

"They've got a good following but we beat them here last time in what was a great game so we'll give them another good test."

The cup clash comes in the middle of a crucial spell for both sides who are targeting promotion this term.

Spalding face fellow high-flyers Lye Town this weekend while Boston travel to Warrington having moved into the play-off places at the weekend.

Tulips boss Sandy explained: "We've got a very tough game on Saturday so some of my players might get a bit of a break but the lads who come in won't weaken us.

"There are players who are more than good enough to step in and I'm sure Boston will do the same.

"Our squad is strong. We've got a good group and, when people get their opportunity, it's a chance for them to take it."

James Clifton on the ball against Boston United last season.
James Clifton on the ball against Boston United last season.

Tyler Winters' loan from Peterborough United has now been extended until the end of the season while both James Clifton and Sam Cartwright will be available for the cup tie after being suspended at the weekend for the win over Gresley Rovers.

Boston have already been knocked out of the competition once this season after a 4-0 quarter-final defeat to Lincoln City in December.

However, the Imps were removed from the competition after fielding a number of ineligible players in their victory.



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