Boston United hit the road as they draw first Bloods

Jason Lee celebrates scoring at Histon. If he wants to repeat the feat, he'll have to wait until April 20 next year. Photo: David Shipman.

Jason Lee celebrates scoring at Histon. If he wants to repeat the feat, he'll have to wait until April 20 next year. Photo: David Shipman.

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BOSTON United will kick off their 2012-13 season away at bogey side Droylsden.

The Pilgrims do not have fond memories from their past two trips to the Butchers Arms Ground to face the Bloods.

Last season they suffered a 2-1 defeat which signalled the end of their hopes of a top-five finish.

But the previous season, United were hammered 4-0 on the same pitch, bringing an end of their 10-game Blue Square Bet North run where they had not conceded a single goal.

The opening clash, on August 18, will be followed by two quickfire home matches, against Histon (August 21) and Hinckley (August 25).

Corby Town will provide the opposition for the festive bank holiday matches.

On Boxing Day, Boston host the Steelmen, with the return fixture taking place on New Year’s Day.

These contests will see new signing Mark Jones face his old club, while Corby new boy Ryan Semple will also be hoping for festive cheer against his old employers.

The derby clashes against Gainsborough Trinity will take place at York Street on Tuesday, October 2 and at the Northolme on Saturday, February 2.

The longest journey, a 460-mile round trip to Workington, will be on January 5.

The other mammoth treks will be to new-found rivals Colwyn Bay (September 8), Bishop’s Stortford (August 27) and Gloucester City (November 3).

One match manager Jason Lee has admitted he is desperate to win is the October 20 home match against Solihull Moors. Since taking over as manager, he has suffered three consecutive 1-0 defeats to the club.

Meanwhile, December 22’s trek to Altincham will see Boston hoping to right the wrong of last campaign’s 6-1 drubbing.

The longest gap between facing a team twice will be against Histon.

United will face them in the Blue Square Bet North’s second and penultimate game of the season.

The campaign will finish at home to newly-promoted Brackley Town on April 27.