COUNTY rivals Gainsborough Trinity will be among the teams pushing for the Blue Square Bet North title, says Boston United boss Jason Lee.
During his time at York Street, Lee has firmly nailed his amber and black colours to the mast, taking the Yellowbelly derby extremely seriously.
And the rivalry has only been heightened since the Blues prised Jamie Yates and Shane Clarke away from Boston.
However, he believes the Northolme side could go one better than last season’s play-off final defeat.
Asked who he thinks could challenge this season, Lee said: “The usual suspects will be there.
“It pains me to say Gainsborough, but they’ll have a go this year.
“Halifax, I think they’ll be strong.
“I wouldn’t rule out Chester, you never know what you’ll get with a side coming up.
“There’ll also be a surprise package or two.
Guiseley will also remain a title challenge, but Lee also believes his side have a shout.
He continued: “Whoever starts well usually gets confident and can carry that through.
“Let’s hope it’s us who start well this season.”
Bookies Blue Square Bet have Chester as favourites for promotion, with Boston joint-eighth.
After last season’s poor finish and 11th-place in the table, Lee is determined to turn things around.
He says he wants to win every match, but admits some victories would taste sweeter than others.
Beating Trinity, after last season’s 2-1 defeat at home, would raise a cheer.
The same goes for victory against Colwyn Bay, after two ill-tempered meetings.
And then there’s Solihull Moors, the opposition who defeated Lee 1-0 on his first match as Boston boss, and have twice won by the same margin since.
Lee added: “Of course, you have bogey sides and want to put those ghosts to rest.
“Solihull – yes, we want to beat them.
“Colwyn Bay are a difficult team home and away.
“We go there on a Saturday this season, which is far better than on a week night.
“But we still have to deal with whatever we’re up against.
“We’ll do that in the right manner each game.”
Odds (courtesy of Blue Square Bet): 3/1 Halifax Town; 7/2 Chester; 8/1 Gainsborough Trinity; 9/1 Guiseley; 10/1 Brackley Town; 12/1 Bishop’s Stortford; 14/1 Altrincham; 18/1 Boston United, Droylsden, Oxford City; 20/1 Stalybridge Celtic; 22/1 Worcester; 28/1 Bradford Park Ave; 40/1 Corby Town, Harrogate Town; 50/1 Histon, Colwyn Bay; 66/1 Workington, Gloucester City; 80/1 Hinckley; 100/1 Vauxhall Motors, Solihull Moors.