BOSTON United midfielder Ian Ross says it is vital to overcome the Droylsden jinx and put the Pilgrims’ promotion plans on track.
The Blue Square Bet North season kicks off on Saturday.
And United have been handed a tough curtain raiser against the Bloods (KO 3pm).
Since their return to the BSBN, Boston have had no joy at the Butchers Arms Ground.
Ross scored a sumptuous 20-yard curler in the north west last season, but it was not enough to prevent the Pilgrims going down 2-1 – ending their hopes of reaching the play-offs.
And the previous season a 4-0 hammering saw United’s 10-game run without conceding a league goal come to an abrupt end.
“We didn’t have a great game there last season and we want to put that right,” Ross told The Standard.
“It’s important we get off to a good start and get as many points on the board as we can early on.
“We want to be in a good position at the start of the season.”
The vice-captain also believes that the Pilgrims’ hopes of reaching the top five this campaign relies on cutting out the errors which saw the side concede 38 goals last term.
“The manager wants me to chip in with more goals this season, and that’s my plan,” Ross continued.
“But the main plan is to keep more clean sheets.
“We’ve been working on that and we’re getting there.
“It’s still a work in progress, but when the season starts and adrenaline pumps in, we know we can get down to business.
“We conceded a few sloppy goals last season, and you can’t do that at this level.
“If we cut errors out we’ll do well.
“If we take sloppy mistakes into the league then we’ll be where we were last season.”
The action comes thick and fast and, on Tuesday, the Pilgrims host Histon (KO 7.45pm).
United drew 1-1 with the Stutes at York Street last campaign, incidentally then again in their second match of the campaign.
This was followed up by a 3-1 victory at Bridge Road in October.
Manager Lee says promotion is his aim this term, but knows it will be a tough task.
He said: “A club like Boston will always be looking to get up and out of this division.
“But all sides will have worked hard in pre-season, so no teams begin a season short on confidence.
“But that’s the same for us.”