Can Boston United end their run of five games without victory against goal-shy Harrogate Town?

Indy Aujla shields the ball from Harrogate's Dayle Southwell. Below are Ryan Semple and Jordan Smith in action against Town. EMN-140104-145231001
Indy Aujla shields the ball from Harrogate's Dayle Southwell. Below are Ryan Semple and Jordan Smith in action against Town. EMN-140104-145231001

Boston United head to Harrogate Town today, desperate to end their poor run of results.

The Pilgrims have lost four of their previous five matches against Town - often in eyebrow-raising circumstances - while drawing the other.

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Ryan Semple. ENGEMN00120120704180900

In fact, from the 10 meetings between the two sides since United dropped out of the Football League, Harrogate have claimed the points on six occasions, with Boston winning twice and two contests ending in draws.

The last meeting between the two sides came last season in a match which came close to being abandoned.

With Carl Piergianni and Lewis King both red carded and Rene Steer and Jamie McGhee both off with injuries, it was feared that referee Mark Ackerman would be forced to cancel proceedings when Stefan Galinski tweaked his hamstring.

However, the player remained rooted on the turf for the final minutes as Simon Weaver’s side ran out 4-0 victors.

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Jordan Smith. ENGEMN00220130901100016

The meeting at York Street ended in a 3-3 draw with Boston letting a 3-0 half-time lead slip.

Among the Town scorers that day was Dayle Southwell, who will be looking for his 17th Pilgrims goal of the season this afternoon.

The 2012-13 campaign saw Graham Drury’s Pilgrims put in two abject and uninspiring performances, losing 2-1 at home and going down 4-2 on the road.

The previous season saw United beaten 2-0 at home, but reversing that score in Yorkshire, thanks to goals from Marc Newsham and Jason Lee.

Indeed, Boston’s only two victories against Harrogate have come at Wetherby Road.

In the 2010-11 campaign manager Rob Scott was left fuming at his side’s defensive frailties, despite leaving Town with a 6-3 victory.

The home fixture that season saw substitute Spencer Weir-Daley score twice to snatch a 2-2 draw after Boston had trailed 2-0.

The previous meetings between the two Vanarama North rivals came in the 2007-08 season.

Tommy Taylor’s United played the club’s first away match since relegation from League Two at Wetherby Road, where Jon Froggatt’s missed penalty proved costly as the hosts earned a 3-2 success.

In Lincolnshire Town claimed the spoils again, winning 1-0.

The two sides are yet to meet this season, with Boston currently sixth in the standings, 11 points ahead of 18th-placed Town.

Finding the net has been Harrogate’s biggest problem so far.

From their 26 matches they have scored just 25 times- with only Brackley Town (23) scoring less to date.

Even basement club Hyde, with a goal difference of -36, have scored 10 more times.

Today’s kick off will be at 3pm.

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