Boston United captain Ian Ross says there’ll be no time for friendships when his side face Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday.
The Pilgrims host the Blues at York Street (KO 3pm) as the two Yellowbelly rivals kick off their competitive fixtures with the Lincs Senior Cup.
Not only will Ross be taking on his former club, he will also go head-to-head with former teammates Mark Jones and Tom Ward.
And Ross wants to send out a message by beating the Pilgrims’ Skrill North opponents before the league campaign begins the following weekend.
“That’s the start of our season and we want to take a win going into Stockport away,” Ross told The Standard.
“I know Wardy and Jonesy, we’re good mates off the pitch.
“But when we get on the pitch you just want to win the game - you’ll do whatever you can to win the game
“It’ll be competitive and hopefully we can come out the winners.”
Jones left Boston for Gainsborough last season, while Ward switched to the Northolme in the summer.
The victorious side will go on to face Lincoln City in the final of the county’s premier cup event.
United’s last competitive match was last season’s 3-1 win over Trinity in the Lincs Senior Shield final.
On that day, Ben Fairclough, Nathan Stainfield and Ward were on target for the Pilgrims.