CHRIS Hall still believes the Boston United squad is good enough to come good in the Blue Square Bet North.
The midfielder joined the Pilgrims from Alfreton Town, who finished last season as champions.
And, after getting to know his United teammates, he is impressed with what he sees.
Asked if United’s side can compare with last season’s title-winners, Hall said: “It’s up there.
“Alfreton had a really strong side last season.
“But this side’s been put together well.
“We’ve made good signings and we are growing together.
“We are strong contenders.”
However, if United are to be one of the BSBN’s top teams this campaign then they will have to send out a message of intent as they travel to face Blyth Spartans on Saturday (KO 3pm).
The Spartans are the former club of returning United defender Alan White, who turned down the chance to remain there this campaign.
“There was an offer, but there was big changes at the club this summer,” White said.
“There was a change of manager and most of the lads left.
“It was a completely different side, so I decide to move on.”
Spartans have had an indifferent start to the season.
They currently sit in 19th spot.
On the road they are yet to win, losing twice and drawing twice, their biggest defeat a 5-0 hammering at Guiseley.
However, at Croft Park they have enjoyed a little more success.
On Saturday they lost 3-1 to Droylsden.
Before that they have enjoyed a 3-3 draw against Harrogate Town and beaten Bishop’s Stortford 3-1, while losing to Halifax.
Last season United drew 0-0 at Blyth, before beating their opponents 5-0 at York Street, goals coming from Ryan Semple, Lawrie Dudfield, Shane Clarke, Anthony Church and Adam Boyes.
Boston’s previous trek to Northumbria saw them lose 2-1 in February 2008.
Ashley Nicholls grabbed United’s goal on that day.
l ADAM Millson has joined Wisbech Town on loan. The midfielder now has dual registration with the two clubs, although the Pilgrims have first option.