Posh do with a Friend! Boston United host Peterborough United as they honour president Blackwell

Peterborough United were the guests for Paul Bastock's Boston United testimonial. ENGEMN00120130730104634
Peterborough United were the guests for Paul Bastock's Boston United testimonial. ENGEMN00120130730104634

Boston United are hoping that some stern tests in pre-season can help the Pilgrims to hit the ground running.

On Saturday they play host to League One Peterborough United, before the arrival of National League Lincoln City on Tuesday.

John Blackwell.

John Blackwell.

Both the Posh and Red Imps were rivals for Boston in their Football League days, and if the club are to reach those heights again then Greene expects his side to have the best preparation to aid their National League North campaign.

In recent years Boston have enjoyed glamorous sounding home friendlies against academy sides from Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa, Norwich City and Sunderland, in which the manager also cast his eye over young hopefuls he hoped would become good loan acquisitions.

But this summer the Pilgrims have intentionally avoided such fixtures.

“They’re great matches to be involved in against good young players,” Greene told The Standard.

“But we wanted something different this year.

“Those games are good workouts, but they’re not always as physical and competitive as playing first teams from other clubs.

“If you look at who we’ve got in pre-season, Peterborough, Lincoln, Grimsby and Gateshead, they’re all a higher level and they will all be big tests for us.”

Premier League official Kevin Friend will take charge of the Peterborough contest, which will also act as John Blackwell’s testimonial.

The club president retired at the end of last season following 38 years with the York Street club.

Peterborough were also the guests for longstanding United goalkeeper Paul Bastock’s testimonial back in 2001, ahead of the Pilgrims’ Conference-winning campaign.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 3pm.

Tuesday’s arrival of Lincoln starts at 7.45pm.