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Boston United will play Glapwell next Saturday after they beat Market Drayton Town last weekend by two goals to one. The minnows will travel to York Street where Taylor's side will look to live up to their status as favourites for the tie. It is the first qualifying round of the FA Cup, of which there are four, before the 1st Round Proper, which involves teams from Coca Cola Leagues 1 & 2. Boston reached the fourth qualifying round last season before losing out on a trip to Bury and £10,000 in prize money as they went down 1-0. The Lincolnshire side later avenged themselves when they beat the same side at the same ground in the league. United's opponents are managed by ex-Pilgrim Les McJannet and also have former Boston player Neil Grayson in their squad.
Boston United have signed experienced central midfielder Steve Melton. The 29-year-old played for the Pilgrims 21 times in the Football League despite conflicts with the old management, scoring twice in two months in 2004 against Darlington and Grimsby. The player has played for Nottingham Forest as a trainee in the Premiership, and can also boast stints at Stoke City, Brighton and Hove Albion and Hull City. He has since slipped down the ladder into non-league and recently left King's Lynn by mutual consent. He is set to make his debut tomorrow.
Manager Tommy Taylor told the official website: “I’m delighted to have Steve onboard. He has great quality on the ball and that’s what we have been missing in the midfield area.
“He will compliment the other midfield players that we already have at our disposal and hopefully add another dimension to our team.”
"It's not the same place it was two or three years ago and that can only be a good thing," Melton told the Sports Echo.
"As for my main memories from that period - well, I really wouldn't like to say."
In his previous spell with Boston Steve Evans sent the midfielder to Tamworth on loan. But he hopes to be part of a successful Pilgrims side this time around.
"I've had a word with Tommy Taylor and he is very confident Boston can win promotion from this division playing passing football, which suits me.
"He looks to play from the back and get the ball down - I've got no problem with that at all."
"I think the (King's Lynn) chairman's thinking was that they needed to let one go to get one in," Melton said when discussing his departure from the Linnets.
"The manager actually said to me he didn't want to let me go but that's just the way it happens sometimes."
In other news manager Tommy Taylor says that his squad needs to toughen up in order to compete for promotion from the UniBond Premier League. The boss was left angry by the team's defeat at home to Worksop and is seeking an improvement against Guiseley this weekend.
Speaking to the Sports Echo, a branch of the Lincolnshire Echo newspaper, he said: "We are all nice guys at Boston and sometimes I think we take too much of that on to the pitch.
"When we cross the white line we need to be a bit more ruthless and leave the nice guy personas in the dressing room.
"Everyone seems to play five across the midfield against us and it is making it difficult for us to play our football.
"I may have to look at the way we set up in future matches to try and account for that.
"We have to get the ball down and play our football and then take our chances. We must be tougher on the pitch."
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