Ready for Work, but Pilgrims will have to go the distance

Kevin Austin
Kevin Austin

BOSTON United’s 2011-12 campaign gets underway with a trek to Workington on Saturday – with the Pilgrims knowing they will have to go the distance.

The 231-mile journey from York Street to Borough Park is the longest the Pilgrims will have to make this season.

But it is a trip that has previously proven fruitful for Boston.

Since dropping out of the Football League, United have won all four of their Blue Square Bet North contests against the Reds.

Last season’s 5-3 victory at Borough Park, which itself was once the home to league football, was one to savour for the amber and black fans who made the mammoth journey.

Braces from Marc Newsham and Adam Boyes, plus a strike from Ryan Semple was enough to see Boston grab all three points, after seeing an early 3-0 lead pegged back.

And the 2008 visit was equally as entertaining and tense, as Jon Rowan’s neat finish was enough to separate the sides.

However, that season also saw the Pilgrims defeated on the Cumbrian peninsular, with 1-0 FA Cup defeat.

Despite the decent league record in Cumbria, Pilgrims midfielder Chris Hall thinks Saturday will be the best time to make the visit.

“It’s a fair trek, but I think now is a good time to go up there,” he said.

“It’s not a welcoming place and every other time I’ve been there it’s been the middle of winter.

“It’s not an accommodating place at that time of year, and the pitch is often heavy.

“Going up there for the first game of the season means the pitch might still be quite nice, which will suit us.”

However, Hall knows that the state of the pitch is nowhere near as important as the way his Pilgrims side perform on the turf.

After winning the Blue Square Bet North with Alfreton last season, Hall knows that getting off to a flying start is important.

“It’ll be a tough test at Workington,” he admitted.

“Last year they were up there and doing well.

“But it’s about what we do. We’re coming together as a team now and we go into the game with our spirits high.”

United have recorded two league victories at home to Workington in recent years.

In 2007 – their first match back in non-league – goals from Ashley Nicholls and Jon Froggatt were enough to grant Tommy Taylor’s team victory.

Last season, Boston ended the Reds’ unbeaten start to the campaign with a brace from Spencer Weir-Daley, and goals from Danny Davidson and Shaun Pearson.