Pilgrims set to face Alfreton Town

Boston United v AFC Telford Utd. EMN-151210-103526002
Boston United v AFC Telford Utd. EMN-151210-103526002

Boston United are preparing to lock horns with old rivals Alfreton Town tomorrow (Saturday).

The Reds – who dropped down from the Vanarama North last season – will be the visitors to the Jakemans Stadium.

Alfreton have so far picked up 16 points from their opening 12 contests.

However, just five of those points have come on the road – one win and two draws from five matches, compared to their haul of 11 points – three wins and two draws – from seven matches at North Street.

Alfreton, who also have former Pilgrims defender Stefan Galinski (above) in their ranks, beat National League North rivals Hednesford Town in the FA Cup last Saturday.

The contests will complete a bizarre hat-trick for Boston, who have played each of the three teams relegated from the Vanarama North in a row following clashes against Nuneaton Town and AFC Telford United.

Boston last faced Alfreton in March 2011 when the hosts came from behind to snatch a 3-2 victory against the Reds in Lincolnshire.

Shaun Pearson, Danny Sleath and Marc Newsham were on target that day.

Earlier that season, Sleath was also on target as the Pilgrims left Derbyshire with a 1-0 victory.

However, Alfreton had the last laugh as they ended the campaign as champions with United in third, missing out on promotion following a play-off semi-final defeat to Guiseley on a penalty shootout.

Kick-off on Saturday will be at 3pm.