Plastic fantastic? Boston United set for 3G test at Harrogate Town... but at least the pitch won’t be frozen this time

Frosty reception! Scott Garner in action on Harrogate's frozen pitch.
Frosty reception! Scott Garner in action on Harrogate's frozen pitch.

Can Boston United be fantastic on plastic?

Tonight the Pilgrims travel to face Harrogate Town in the second match of their National League North campaign, looking for their first victory at Wetherby Road in five years.

Over the summer Town have seen a £1 million investment transform their historically treacherous turf into a third generation pitch.

Dennis Greene admits he has no idea how his Boston United squad will adapt to the artificial surface, but he believes that playing there so early in the campaign may also catch the hosts out.

He said: “We’re looking forward to it.

“It’s going to be on a plastic pitch, a bit of an unknown.

“But this year we are a much better footballing team, whether we can be as effective on this pitch, we’ll see.

“A plastic pitch allows us to pass the ball, so we’ll see what we can do.

“Harrogate have been training on it and know it better than other teams, but it’s early in the season so we don’t know how they’ll get on in a competitive game.”

Town’s pitch has not always been a welcome site for United.

During the 2014-15 season, former striker Mark Jones labelled it a ‘joke’ that the side were forced to play snow-covered frozen surface, despite scoring his first goal on his return to the club in a 2-1 defeat.

Two seasons earlier Graham Drury’s side were beaten 4-2 on a rain-soaked pitch which cut up easily and held pools of water.

In their past seven visits to Wetherby Road, Boston have only won twice, the last of those victories coming almost five years ago in August 2011.

Last season’s goalless draw was the first point Boston have claimed at Harrogate in four attempts.

Kick off will be at 7.45pm.