Mickey Stones says Horncastle Town are desperate to finally get one over old rivals Skegness Town - and ‘save’ their season.
A place in the final of the Challenge Cup is up for grabs when the Wongers host the Lilywhites on Saturday.
And with Horncastle sat fourth in the Lincolnshire League, with their hopes of a top-two finish looking unlikely, the joint-manager says the cup offers their best chance of completing the campaign on a high.
“It’s a save our season game,” Stones told The News.
“We’re desperate to win it.
“The management team are desperate to win this game and we have to get that message across to the players.”
Skegness have already recorded a hat-trick of victories at Horncastle’s expense this season, winning 3-0 in the league and 3-1 in the county cup at the Vertigo Stadium, and leaving the Wong with a 2-0 league success in January.
Stones believes that the Lilywhites’ dominance in the league - they may be second behind Hykeham Town but have a series of games in hand - has had a knock-on effect on his team’s second half of the season.
He added: “They’ve been favourites for most of the season, and seeing them open up such a big lead at the top of the table has probably knocked some our confidence a bit, knowing the title was pretty much wrapped up.
“But this is a cup game so anything can happen.
“Skegness have been beaten this season, so it can be done.”
Horncastle were without a game at the weekend, allowing the side a fortnight to concentrate on training and geting the mood right ahead of this weekend’s clash at The Wong.
“We want everyone at training, getting fit and working on what we’ve got to do,” Stones continued.
“Maybe we need to look at things a bit differently as the Lincoln, Boston and Skegness teams can be a little bit more streetwise than us at times.”
Kick off will be at 2.30pm.