Hall hopes Boston United’s top three trilogy has a happy ending

Chris Hall.
Chris Hall.

BOSTON United’s top three trilogy will be completed at Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday – with the Pilgrims looking to continue their climb up the Blue Square Bet North table.

The league’s fixture list saw the Pilgrims pitted against the top three (at that time) – Hyde, Gainsborough Trinity and Celtic – in consecutive BSBN contests.

And after claiming three points from a possible six, the amber and blacks are hoping to gain more ground on the sides above them.

Manager Jason Lee said the three matches would enable him to gauge how his squad were able to compete against the promotion favourites.

But midfielder Chris Hall is confident United can match the best.

Buoyed by a 3-1 victory over old club Gainsborough Trinity, Hall said: “Against the top-of-the-table teams, a good result means we’re still up there.

“We know we can compete with the best.

“We’ve set the precedent, now we have to continue to work hard, put pressure on opponents and go for goal.

“We lost to Hyde, but at times we made the leaders look like a bottom-of-the-table team.

“There are many positives we can take.”

Saturday’s FA Trophy clash with Workington came in the middle of the trilogy.

But with sights now back to league football, United will hope to get one over Celtic following a game to forget last season.

In February, the Pilgrims suffered a 3-1 defeat at Bower Fold.

On that night, then manager Paul Hurst slammed his defence as a ‘circus’ .

But the night was far worse than that, with Danny Davidson sent off for an innocuous tussle with United old boy Tim Ryan and debutant Mark Robinson was taken to hospital after a first-half collision left him with a gash to his ankle bone.

In the contest at York Street last season, Jamie Yates gave Boston a 1-0 victory.