Gainsborough’s FA Cup derby date with Boston United means more to home grown talent Karkach than most

Friendly between Gainsborough Trinity and Hull City at the Northolme. Gainsborough player Lynton Karkach in action.
Friendly between Gainsborough Trinity and Hull City at the Northolme. Gainsborough player Lynton Karkach in action.

Lynton Karkach knows more than most how much victory would mean for Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday in the FA Cup derby.

The Blues host bitter rivals Boston United in what could be one of the most keenly contested second round qualifying ties.

And as a local, home grown talent, Karkach is as excited as those who will pack the stands of the Martin and Co Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The youngster, who also plays cricket for local side Marshalls, told the Standard that the prestige of the competition, coupled with the identity of the opposition, will make it an occasion to savour.

“Everybody loves the FA Cup,” he said.

“It’s every kid’s dream to play in the competition, and being a local lad, every game that you’re involved in is exciting and an honour, but derby games give you an extra buzz.”

The 19-year-old admits that, as fun as it might be to entertain the Pilgrims in the FA Cup, the result will still determine whether or not he goes home happy.

“With everything considered it should be a very enjoyable and exciting day – providing the result goes our way,” he added.

A product of the youth system at Trinity, Karkach broke into the first team in 2013 as a 16-year-old, making his debut on 4th April at home to Chester.

Last season he bagged his first senior goals, notching away at Hednesford Town in a 2-1 defeat, and grabbing a draw on the final day of the season at Stalybridge Celtic with a 90th minute strike.