Fans will be vital in FA Cup clash, says Boston United boss Jason Lee
JASON LEE has issued a rallying cry to Boston United fans ahead of Saturday's FA Cup clash with Kettering after warning John Beck's side will be no pushovers.
While the Pilgrims are basking in the glory of their 3-2 win over Chester in Blue Square Bet North, the Poppies are at the foot of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
While Kettering began the season with a 10-point penalty for being in administration they would be bottom of the table anyway after failing to win a league game so far.
However, having played against sides managed by former Cambridge and Lincoln boss Beck, Lee is refusing to take anything for granted.
Mindful of United's dreadful recent cup record in which they haven't reached the first round proper since relegation from the Football League, Lee believes his side will face a stern test.
"We don't like to be major favourites, but we are the higher-division side and we are expected to win at home," said Lee. "But I've seen them play. I know what John Beck is about and we'll treat them with respect. He's been in the game a lot longer than I have, plus they are full-time.
"So let's not think, just because they are a lower-division team, that they are no good.
"They will be organised. They may be direct, but it is a style of football that has served John Beck well over the years.
"Those players will implement their gameplan and they will come here up for it."
Lee has urged fans to show patience and wants them to get behind the team, not just expect a routine passage through to the third qualifying round.
"We want our supporters to get behind us," he declared. "Don't take things for granted, don't expect your team to go out and win every game.
"Appreciate the work ethic that has never been in doubt.
"Let's not criticise people if things aren't going right. It may take a while to get a foothold in the game.
"But I expect us to have the quality to create chances. It's about what we do with those opportunities."
Lee is hopeful striker Mark Jones will be available following an ankle injury.
Normal admission prices will be in operation for Saturday's tie but a £2 discount will be available for season ticket holders.
To take advantage of this offer, season ticket holders must purchase their tickets before 3pm on Friday either in person at the Jakemans Stadium, or by calling the ticket office on (01205) 364406.