Spalding Town manager hopes side can upset odds in Challenge Cup last four tie against Eye
Spalding Town manager Liam Dawson wants his players to “be competitive for 90 minutes” in their PFSDF Peterborough Challenge Cup semi-final against Eye United on Saturday (kick-off 1.30pm).
The Division One teams meet at Knight Street, Pinchbeck, with Eye a massive 33 points and ten places ahead of their opponents.
Eye reached the quarter-finals of the PDFL League Cup after a 4-1 upset of Premier Division side Peterborough North End Sports last Saturday.
On the same day, Town suffered their 20th league defeat of the season with a 6-2 home loss to Eunice Huntingdon.
Dawson said: “Going in at half-time 1-0 down, Eunice Huntingdon hadn’t really threatened us and so we said to the lads: ‘Keep your shape’.
“But then they score again with one of the best goals I’ve ever seen, a 40-yarder right in the top corner, and the lads’ confidence has gone through the floor.
“Then they scored a third relatively quickly and the game’s all over, only for us to get ourselves two goals back.
“But the knockout blow came when Eunice Huntingdon scored their fifth and sixth, having been confident at half-time as the lads had stuck to the game plan.
“It seems to be that when we’re in a game, we come away from it at the end thinking: ‘How did that happen?’
“There’s no pressure on us going into the Eye game on Saturday.
“But I really want to see the lads being competitive for 90 minutes, rather than 45.”
Whaplode Drove side NECI are also in cup tie action on Saturday when they host Thorney in the fourth round of the PDFL League Cup.
In the PFSDF Peterborough Junior Cup, Long Sutton Athletic Reserves have a second round tie at Leverington Sports Reserves.
Meanwhile, Holbeach United Reserves will be hoping to do a favour for fellow South Holland side Moulton Harrox by beating Netherton United in their Premier Division match at the Grange,
The second string Tigers, currently eighth in the table, earned a 1-0 win at Peterborough Polonia last Saturday with a goal by Jordan Elston.
Manager Phil Barnes said: "Every team sets out to win but obviously we're underdogs against Netherton because of the artificial surface they play on.
"It wasn't a great performance at Peterborough Polonia as we're a young side after losing a few senior players earlier on in the season.
"There's a bit of inexperience and inconsistency, one week they can be good and then the next week not so good.
"But the lads are really motivated so we just look at ourselves, just taking it game by game, and I don't really look at the league table."
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