The Skrill North’s top strikeforce can outgun the firmest defence in the league, says Boston United captain Ian Ross

Ben Milnes in action at Brackley.
Ben Milnes in action at Brackley.

Boston United skipper Ian Ross heads off to Brackley Town believing that the Skrill North’s most potent attack can get revenge against the division’s most miserly defence.

The Pilgrims, third in the standings, are currently the top marskman in the league, having netted 27 goals in 13 contests.

But, despite scoring six times in their past two matches, they will face a stern test today at St James’ Park.

That’s because fifth-placed Brackley have only conceded five goals in their 11 contests.

AFC Telford currently have the second-best defensive record in the Skrill North, and they have conceded twice as many.

The Saints have kept seven clean sheets so far this campaign, and their 2-2 draw at Gloucester City is the only time they have conceded more than once in league match to date.

However, captain Ross is confident Boston can leave Northamptonshire with another three points in the bag.

“We’ve got a strikeforce that’ll put fear into defenders’ eyes,” Ross told The Standard.

“They’re all capable of scoring, and they’re doing their job at ther minute.

“It gives us that bit of belief.”

Jon Brady’ Saints have may have given themselves a mental boost following their 2-0 FA Cup victory over the Pilgrims, also at St James’ Park, three weeks ago.

But Ross believes the Pilgrims are desperate for revenge following that defeat.

He added: “We want to win every game we step into.

“I watched the Brackley game from the bench. They’re well organised and they’ve got good players, but so have we.

“There’s no reason why we can’t go there and get the three points.

“We didn’t have many shots on target when we played them last time, but hopefully we can attack them and put in a really good performance.”

A further incentive for United is the fact that victory could see them go top of the table.

If second-placed Altrincham draw their match at home to leaders Hednesford, three points could see the Pilgrims move to the summit if Solihull Moors fail to win at Colwyn Bay.

However, defeat would see Brackley leapfrog them in the table.

Kick off this afternoon is at 3pm.

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