THEY may be best pals off the pitch, but Marc Newsham and Jamie Yates couldn’t help taking a cheeky dig at each other ahead of tomorrow’s Yellowbelly derby.
The pair grew up together through Rotherham United’s youth ranks, before both joining Boston United.
But in the summer, that union was broken up when Yates made the switch to Gainsborough Trinity.
And now they will go head-to-head yet again tomorrow (Saturday, KO 3pm) as the Pilgrims hope to put a dent in Trinity’s Blue Square Bet North play-off aspirations.
Newsham - who scored from the spot as Boston won the reverse tie 3-1 at the Northolme this season - has already stated that he wouldn’t be shying away from the chance of a 50-50 challenge with his old mate.
And he was also quick to give his old mucker a ribbing on a night out after that defeat, a wound Yates admits he is still licking.
Newsham also pointed out that Yates will not be receiving the warmenst of receptions from the home crowd, still smarting over his move away from York Street.
“We keep in touch and we’ll obviously be sharing a few words ahead of Saturday,” said Newsham.
“It’s a game we’ll both obviously want to win.
“Jamie did well here and it was his choice to move on.
“He’ll get some stick from the crowd, but he’ll be able to handle that, he’s a big personality.”
Like Newsham, Yates was also full of praise for his opponent.
But yet again, he couldn’t help but have a little swipe at the Pilgrims’ leading scorer, who grabbed his 20th goal of the campaign at Halifax on Monday.
Yates told The Standard: “He’s a good player and will always get you goals.
“He didn’t get as many last season, but that’s because he was in and out the side.
“This year he’s again shown what a great player he is... but half his goals have come from the penalty spot, so they don’t really count.”
The talk between the two has been jovial, which can’t always be said of the managers.
Trinity boss Steve Housham described Boston United as ‘noisy neighbours’ this week.
But Pilgrims boss Jason Lee was quick to counter, winning the war of words by adding: “If they haven’t got any support, it isn’t our fault is it?”