THE Bank Holiday weekend clashes will bring out the best in Boston United.
That is the feeling from the Pilgrims’ squad ahead of two testing matches against Harrogate Town and FC Halifax.
Although too early in the campaign to describe these contests as season defining, United know they need to get points on the board against two sides who could be rivals in promotion push come the end of the season.
However, Pilgrims boss Lee Canoville believes his squad will raise their game as they face two matches in three days.
“They’re the tough ones, but the ones we usually win,” he said.
And Canoville has every right to be optimistic after being a member of the Pilgrims side that has performed at its best against top opponents in recent years.
Victories over last season’s champions Alfreton and promoted Telford, plus hard-fought successes at Retford and Bradford Park Avenue the year before stand testament to that.
“We need to raise our games and the players know they can’t be anything but on top of their games,” he added.
Harrogate, managed by ex-Pilgrim Simon Weaver, have strengthened their squad.
They have recorded victories over Hinckley and Altrincham, while a last-minute winner saw them slump to a narrow defeat at Stalybridge Celtic. Last night they were at home to Droylsden.
The Sulphurites also have ex-United defender Matt Bloomer and Boston-born Richard Pell in their squad.
United midfielder Adam Millson is looking to go head-to-head with his former teammates, but warns there will be no friendly reunion once the whistle is blown.
“There’ll be a bit of banter,” he said.
“But it’s just like any other opponent, we’re going out there to do our job and win the game.”
Halifax are a team with momentum on their side. After going bust, the club reformed and began its climb back up the footballing ladder.
And they don’t look out of place after being promoted to the Blue Square Bet North this season, earning their first victory at Blyth Spartans on Saturday. The Shaymen have also drawn at Worcester and lost at early pacesetters Corby Town before hosting fellow promoted side Colwyn Bay last night.
United travel to face Harrogate on Saturday (KO 3pm) and host Halifax on Monday (3pm).