We need to make most of home advantage, Lister tells his Boston United teammates

Paul Lister.

Paul Lister.

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Paul Lister believes Boston United have to make York Street a ground where opponents hate to come and play once again.

During his years with Alfreton and Hinckley, the defender always saw the Jakemans Stadium as an imposing place.

But in recent seasons, that dominance at home has withered.

“Boston isn’t a place you expect to get a result from,” Lister said. “A draw away is a good result.

“But Boston have been a bit of an up-and-down team lately.

“We need to get the results sorted, but Boston can definitely get back up there.”

In 2009-10, United won 12 home matches, drew five and lost just twice.

The following season, they won 13, lost three and drew four matches.

But since then, home form has dipped. Last season, the Pilgrims won just six times at home. They lost seven matches on their own turf and drew a further eight fixtures.

This campaign, Boston have won six times, lost six times and been held to three stalemates.