Conor Marshall believes that getting one over old foes Gainsborough Trinity can set Boston United up for a good season.
The Pilgrims host the Blues in the Lincs Senior Cup semi-final today (KO 3pm).
And the United defender wants to emulate the final game of last season - when Boston won the Lincs Senior Shield at the Northolme - believing it will spur his side on in the league.
“It was brilliant, it was the last game of the season and we wanted to finish on a high,” Marshall reflected.
“Hopefully, we can now start this season on a high, which will kick us on.”
Boston may have looked tired in midweek when they were beaten 4-0 at King’s Lynn in their final warm-up contest.
However, Marshall - who is hoping to overcome a dead leg in time to feature today - reckons his side will be up for the Trinity challenge.
“It’s a derby match and everyone of us should be definitely 100 per cent up for the game,” he added.
“Everyone’s buzzing for the season to get underway.”
Ben Fairclough, Nathan Stainfield and Tom Ward found the net for the Pilgrims in their 3-1 victory at Gainsborough last season.
Since then, Ward has left to join the Blues, linking up with fellow ex-Pilgrim Mark Jones.
Marshall is looking forward to meeting up with his pals, but he’s refusing to give them any respect on the turf.
He said: “A lot of people say there’s no friends in football, especially when you cross that line.
“After the game I’m sure we’ll have a chat. We’ll be friends then, but no chance on the pitch.”
Pilgrims manager Dennis Greene believes victory is important for his side today, especially as they face a fellow Skrill North side, just one wek before the league campaign begins.
He told The Standard: “We want to show Gainsborough we want to finish above them, so we want to lay out a marker.
“We want to win it, for sure.
“We won the Lincs Cup last year, we want to do it this year.
“We want to win things, leagues, silverware, cups, anything. Saturday’s one of those games.”
The winners will face Lincoln City in the final, on a date to be confirmed.
Next Saturday, Boston travel to face Stockport County (KO 3pm).