TIGERS: Team spirit great for FA Cup clash

Great togetherness: Among this huddle in last weekend's win over Newport Pagnell Town is first goalscorer Ashley Stevens.
Great togetherness: Among this huddle in last weekend's win over Newport Pagnell Town is first goalscorer Ashley Stevens.

FA Cup with Budweiser preliminary round: Hucknall Town v Holbeach Utd (Saturday, 3pm)

THERE are plusses and minuses to be had from the Tigers’ venture into Nottinghamshire this weekend.

Just as the squad has got into its stride in the UCL League Premier Division, there comes a distraction.But it’s a worthy one if it boosts the club’s coffers and manager John Chand sees another benefit too.

“Hucknall are a useful EvoStik League side so we’re testing ourselves against tough opposition,” he said. “If we were to beat them, it would give us a real shot in the arm and good confidence for the season.”

Having won three and lost three matches, Hucknall sit just outside the play-off spots in Division One South, from which Spalding United were relegated last season.

Chand said: “I’d call them something of a sleeping giant. Probably few people are expecting us to win so we have nothing to lose.

“We rate remaining in the FA Cup reasonably highly in terms of financial benefits.

“I’m sure we’re not going to win it, but while we are in it we will give it our best shot. Our togetherness and team spirit is great right now.”

Matt Warfield (leg) will not be risked on Saturday, but fellow midfielder Luke Kennedy (holiday) returns and striker Ashley Stevens is expected to shake off a knock which he picked up in the 2-0 win over Newport Pagnell Town last weekend. Defender Ben Brown will also figure after recovering from a cut to the eye.

l A few seats remain on the team coach going to Hucknall (leaves Carter’s Park 11.30am). Call 01406 424761.

l Tuesday – Deeping v Tigers (7.45pm)