Chromasport United Counties League
Published 6th March 2012
Midfielder Hughes – the central figure behind tonight’s ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division game being replayed – is out to make amends against the Poachers.
Hughes, who should have served a one-match suspension when the original fixture was played, said: “From a personal point of view I’d love nothing more than to score the winner on Tuesday night and be the hero, but, more importantly, I just want us to come back with the three points.
“We’re just taking each game as it comes but, because of what happened, we want to make sure we get the three points we lost back.”
Despite being docked three points and being forced to replay the fixture, Hughes, who only came on as a substitute in the first game at Tattershall Road, maintained both his and the club’s innocence throughout the whole episode.
“When I signed for the club I knew I’d picked up a few bookings and obviously informed Gary Setchell of this.
“Gary and the club checked and double-checked that I could play in the game and we were told that I only had four bookings. It then emerged after the Boston game that I should have been suspended.”
Hughes admitted the whole incident had played on his mind.
“Although we did everything we possibly could at the time, my worst fear was that we’d be deducted more points than we actually were.
“I didn’t want to be the name behind us losing the title and just wish it had been nipped in the bud earlier as the whole thing dragged on for far too long.”
The 25-year-old goes into the game in a rich vein of form, having netted twice during Lynn’s 5-1 win against Thrapston Town on Saturday, and has put his recent goalscoring exploits down to the fierce competition for places at The Walks.
“There are three or four players who could start in every position, so when you get the shirt there’s the added incentive of trying to keep it by playing well,” said Hughes, who is well on course for his own personal goal target.
Hughes said: “When I began the season I set myself a target of ten goals. I scored two for Spalding United and now have four for Lynn, which leaves me four more to get between now and the end of the season.”
Setchell has a clean bill of health for tonight’s game and is expecting another tough encounter.
“Whenever we go to Boston they always give us one hell of a hard match and they always have a habit of raising their game against King’s Lynn.
“I don’t understand why they are thirteenth in the league because I think they are in a bit of a false position.
“I keep telling my players that our next game is the biggest in the club’s two-year history and that is how we are approaching every match at the minute.
“Yes we’ve had FA Vase semi-finals and reached the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup but nothing is bigger than us winning the league this season.”
It could prove difficult for Lynn to improve on October’s 1-0 victory.
Boston have recorded clean sheets in three of their last four games; Long Buckby being the one team to breach the Poachers’ defence.