Can Boston United Buck the trend and end Telford boss Liam Watson’s winning streak?

Ben Milnes and Marc Newsham.
Ben Milnes and Marc Newsham.

Boston United will be aiming to end Liam Watson’s unbeaten record as they host AFC Telford United tonight.

The Bucks boss has never lost as a manager at York Street.

But with the Pilgrims looking to build upon Saturday’s 4-1 victory at Stockport County - their first match of the Skrill North campaign - they will be determined to show Watson how it feels to head home empty handed.

“As a player, I have always scored goals there and, as a manager, I have a good record there,” former Runcorn, Southport and Burscough gaffer Watson told The Shropshire Star.

Telford are the bookies’ favourites to win the league title, following their relegation from the Blue Square Bet Premier last season.

But Watson knows victory at United will not come easily.

He added: “To go to Stockport and give them a hiding on the opening day shows the forward options that Boston have. We have to be on our guard.

“We have to go there and give them a lot of respect.”

Defender Scott Garner was among the Pilgrims goalscorers at Edgeley Park on Saturday, and he is looking to help the club record back-to-back victories.

“Tuesday’s game will be similar to this (facing Stockport),” he said.

“It’ll be a good game and two good teams going at it. Hopefully, we can win again.”

Gary Mills remains Boston’s only injury doubt, due to his sore Achilles.

Meanwhile, the Bucks look set to hand a debut to left-sided Matthew McGinn, who sat out of his side’s home 2-1 victory over Workington at the weekend due to suspension, after picking up a red card on the final day of last season with Chester.

The Pilgrims may continue with the attacking 4-3-3 formation which brought success against County, but manager Dennis Greene is giving nothing away.

He said: “We’ve had them watched, so tactically we’ll go into it trying to win the game.”

Charley Sanders will be eligible to play tonight, despite Saturday’s red card.

Ironically, tonight’s referee - Ian Dudley - was the man who sent him off against Harrogate Town last season.

The last meeting between the two sides at York Street was in February 2011.

Andy Brown’s header gave the Bucks a 1-0 victory.

However, Boston reversed that scoreline at New Bucks Head, courtesy of Shaun Pearson’s goal.

Kick off tonight is 7.45pm.

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