Graham Drury has ordered his Boston United side to go out and exploit Solihull Moors’ ‘weakness’ - as he looks to pick up his first away victory as Pilgrims boss.
The manager has highlighted a chink in Moors keeper Jas Singh’s armour, which he believes can play into the amber and blacks’ hands.
Drury was unwilling to share his tactics with the press prior to kick off, but he did say: “I know quite a bit about Solihull.
“I know Jas Singh’s hard to beat in the sticks, but we know he’s got a weakness so we’ll try to play on that.”
However, Drury was full of praise for the Solihull set-up, citing powerful ex-Lincoln City forward Gary Birch and midfielder Junior English as threats.
He added: “We know Junior English is strong in behind if they’re playing big Gary Birch.
“He’s massive now, but he can still play football.
“They’re workmanlike in the middle and they have players who’ll put their bodies on the line.
“It’ll be an interesting game, and one we want to go out and win.”
Singh may well have a weakness (Moors have conceded 32 league games to date this season, but that is far superiro to the 52 Boston have shipped), but United have certainly failed to exploit it in recent meetings.
Today’s two oppponents played out a 2-2 draw at York Street back in November.
Tom Ward and Marc Newsham both found the net for Boston.
But before that, over the course of the past two seasons, United suffered three consecutive 1-0 defeats to Solihull, who have been something of a bogey side.
The match before that ended in a 1-1 draw - a game where both Singh and Dan Haystead pulled off a number of memorable stops before it took Danny Davidson’s late handled finish to salvage a point for United.
The Pilgrims’ last victory over Moors came in February 2008, Jon Stevenson and Jon Rowan both on target.
The team’s last win at Damson Park came earlier on the in the 2007-08 campaign, when Lee Thompson (two) and Paul Ellender were on the scoresheet in a 3-1 victory.
At present, Solihull are a side out of form.
They have lost four out of their past five Blue Square Bet North matches, the other result a victory against relegation-threatened Colwyn Bay.
Moors also have an air of vulnerability at Damson Park, having won eight but lost six of their 14 home games.
Those matches have seen Solihull score 19 times but concede 15.
Four places separate 11th-placed Moors and the Pilgrims, in 15th.
But victory could see Boston go a point in front with a game in hand.
That would mean Boston winning their first match in five attempts, having drawn twice and lost twice since their victory at the expense of Colwyn Bay.
United’s last away victory came on October 30, when Spencer Weir-Daley struck in a 1-0 success at Stalybridge Celtic.
The Pilgrims are without Phil Watt, who begins a two-game suspension for picking up 10 yellow cards this season.