The waiting is over. Boston United will kick off their Skrill North campaign at highly-fancied Stockport County today.
The contest will see the Pilgrims face the Hatters for the first time since January 2007.
On that day, Steve Evans’ side suffered a 2-0 defeat at Edgeley Park, in a season which saw them relegated from League Two.
But now the Pilgrims return to Greater Manchester, looking to get off to the best possible start for the season.
United haven’t looked themselves in their past few matches.
Saturday’s sluggish 2-0 defeat to Gainsborough Trinity in the Lincs Senior cup followed a 4-0 drubbing at King’s Lynn in a pre-season fixture.
However, manager Dennis Greene has drawn a line under those contests.
He said: “At the end of the day, you can win all your pre-season matches and lose your first few matches. I’ve done that before.
“They don’t always matter, but it’s nice to have some consistency when you’re closer to kicking off your league campaign.
“At the moment, we’ll start with nil points like everyone else. We haven’t lost nothing yet.”
The bookies have AFC Telford United as favourites to win the league, with Stockport as their second tip.
United face those two - both of whom dropped down from the Conference Premier last season - in their opening two matches.
It may look like a tough task, but striker Spencer Weir-Daley is calling on United to get off to the best possible start.
He said: “It’s going to be a tough start, but it can be a really exciting start if we can get the right results and the positive performances.
“It’s a big game, probably the biggest attendance-wise.
“That should get the guys buzzing. We’ll go to Stockport with a game plan and hopefuly bring back the points.”
County have had a busy summer, snapping up Stephen O’Halloran (Nuneaton), Kyle Jacobs (FC United), Iain Howard (Chester FC), Jamie Hand (Mansfield Town) and Adriano Moke (Cambridge United).
Boston expect to have no injury worries, with Gary Mills and Conor Marshall both likely to shrug off knocks.
United’s last victory over County came earlier on in that 2007 season, when goals from Tim Ryan and Anthony Elding saw Boston win 2-1 at York Street.
The contest will also see Carl Piergianni return to his former club.
Kick odd is at 3pm.
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