Scott Garner believes Boston United’s tough start to the campaign will only bring out the best in the Pilgrims.
The defender joined Boston from Cambridge United on a six-month loan deal last week.
He may have dropped down from the Conference Premier, but so have United’s first two opponents of the upcoming season.
The club’s Conference North season kicks off at Stockport County, before a home clash with AFC Telford United.
“If you look at the league, it’s a strong league with some masive clubs,” Garner said.
“If you look at them five years ago they would be in the Conference (Premier) or maybe the league.
“They’re the teams we have to go and beat.
“You want to be going to nice grounds, playing big clubs with recognisable names. So that will be good.
“And no disrespect to the other teams, but we have to try to pick up points wherever we go.”
Indeed, points win prizes and Garner is keen to get off to a good start to make sure the Pilgrims have no regrets come May.
He added: “You sometimes don’t understand about dropping the odd point.
“At the end of the season you remember those points and think what could have happened.
“You need to pick up as many as possible early on.”
But even if Boston were to pick up a strong points tally early on, can they really think about a top-five finish?
Garner believes so, saying: “I’ve spoken to the manager and other players about it, and that’s what everyone’s aiming for.
“You’ve got to get a good start.
“Every game will be a step in the right direction and I’ll be looking to get a few goals this season as well.”