Can Boston United clip the Magpies’ wings?

Looking forward! Dennis Greene.
Looking forward! Dennis Greene.

Dennis Greene has joked that playing Chorley in back-to-back matches will save Boston United having to scout their Vanarama North rivals a second time.

The Pilgrims travel to face the Magpies today (KO 3pm), before hosting their league rivals seven days later.

“I won’t have to have them watched will I? I’ll be watching them the week before,” joked manager Greene, who is hoping his side can build upon their 3-1 victory over AFC Fylde, who topped the table until two goals from Carl Piergianni and a prodded finish from Zak Mills ended their 14-game unbeaten run.

However, Chorley - who were promoted to the Vanarama North, along with Fylde last season - will be no pushovers.

The Magpies are unbeaten in their eight matches at home this season, currently sitting in fourth spot in the standings - two places and three points ahead of United, albeit with a game in hand.

However, Greene is looking at the contest as an opportunity to take vital points off a potential play-off rival.

He added: “I’m looking forward to it. They’re big games and in big games you try to get closer to the teams above you.

“If we win then we can close the gap on Chorley, like we did against Fylde.

“They’re good games to have, you try to get as many points as you can and move on.

“We’re not in a bad position.”

After kicking off their season with a 2-2 draw against Lowestoft Town, Chorley won their next six matches at Victory Park, including league successes at the expense of Stalybridge Celtic, Brackley Town, North Ferriby United Hednesford Town and Harrogate Town, as well as beating Glossop North End in an FA Cup qualifier.

Their most recent home match saw them hold Vanarama Premier Halifax Town to a goalless draw, before losing the replay 5-0.

But Chorley got back to winning ways on Saturday, beating Gainsborough Trinity 4-3, despite almost seeing a four-goal lead disappear.