Poachers and Pilgrims set to lock horns

Alex Beck and Chris Hall battle for possession during the last meeting between Town and United in 2011. ENGEMN00120110718092237
Alex Beck and Chris Hall battle for possession during the last meeting between Town and United in 2011. ENGEMN00120110718092237

Mark Angel admits it will be a strange feeling to kick off his managerial career against former club Boston United.

The winger and his assistant Daryl Clare were both part of the Pilgrims squad which won the Conference title - and promotion to the Football League - in 2002.

But on Saturday Angel will take his place in the Boston Town dug-out as the Poachers and Pilgrims get their pre-season friendlies underway at the DWB Stadium.

“It’ll be a strange one,” Angel said. “For myself and Daryl as well.

“United are a club close to both our hearts and we always keep an eye out for how they’re doing.

“So to start my first managerial job against Boston United will be a bit odd, but I’m looking forward to it.

“The club has changed a lot since we were there but there are still a lot of old friends there.”

Angel may well have fond memories of his days at York Street, but be under no illusions where his loyalties will lie come 3pm on Saturday.

“I’m the Boston Town manager and it’s my job to make sure the lads are in a good position to start the season well,” he added.

Entry costs £6 (£4 concessions).

Town will continue their warm-up matches by hosting Skegness United on Thursday (KO 7.45pm) while United travel to Rossington Main on Tuesday (KO 7.45pm).