Pilgrims hope to give Tigers a Hyde-ing

Simon Weaver heads home the winner against Hyde in April 2008.
Simon Weaver heads home the winner against Hyde in April 2008.

BOSTON United will be aiming to reclaim second spot in the Blue Square Bet North on Saturday, as strugglers Hyde are the visitors to York Street.

With second-placed Telford facing a trek to battling Hinckley at the weekend, the Pilgrims know that three points against Hyde could see them move up a place in the league table by virtue of goal difference, if the Bucks are beaten.

Like United, Hyde have recently parted company with their manager, Neil Tolson being relieved of his duties last week after an eight-year association with the club, in the roles of player, assistant manager and manager.

However, Boston lost Rob Scott and Paul Hurst to Grimsby Town, leaving the Pilgrims with a firm chance of a top-five finish this season.

The Tigers’ situation couldn’t be more different, with Tolson earning just 27 points from 35 fixtures, leaving his side languishing in the relegation zone.

And with Scott McNivena nd Steve Halford taking over, this means Saturday’s two opponents will both be in the unlikely situation of being bossed by joint-player/managers.

And this change has given Hyde some resurgence as they earned a 3-0 victory against Hinckley on Saturday, lifting them out of the bottom two.

But despite Hyde fighting for their lives, Boston will not be undeterred in their quest for three points.

They have good record over the Tigers in recent years - winning their last two matches against Hyde.

Danny Sleath, Marc Newsham and Spencer Weir-Daley were on target as the Pilgrims recorded a convincing 3-0 victory at Ewen Fileds in September.

The previous season these two opponents have gone head to head was in the 2007-08 season.

In that campaign, Tommy Taylor’s United suffered a 2-1 defeat away from home, with Kieran Leabon scoring for Boston.

But they gained revenge on the final day of the campaign, Jon Froggatt and Simon Weaver scoring in a 2-1 reverse.