Will lightning strike twice? Piergianni backs Boston United to kick off the National League North season with victory at his former club Stockport County

Carl Piergianni celebrates his goal at Stockport last season.
Carl Piergianni celebrates his goal at Stockport last season.

Carl Piergianni is hoping that history will repeat itself as Boston United kick off their National League North season at Stockport County.

The Pilgrims will travel to Edgeley Park for Saturday’s curtain raiser (KO 3pm), desperate for a repeat of the opening day of the 2013-14 campaign.

Marc Newsham slots home at Stockport on the opening day of the 2013-14 season. EMN-140227-130733001

Marc Newsham slots home at Stockport on the opening day of the 2013-14 season. EMN-140227-130733001

On that occasion goals from Scott Garner, Marc Newsham, Spencer Weir-Daley and Ricky Miller saw United begin their campaign with a 4-1 victory at the expense of the Hatters.

“It’s deja vu from two years ago, let’s just hope it’s the same result again,” said Piergianni, who made his first league appearance for Boston that day.

“We went there a couple of years ago when they were one of the favourites to go up and completely turned them over.

“I’m more than confident we can do the same. We’re going to have a real chance this year.”

That 2013 victory saw the Pilgrims take an early lead through Garner’s close-range finish.

And Piergianni believes it is vital that United once again go for the jugular as soon as the first whistle blows.

“We’re so good and quick going forward, so athletic,” he added, praising the attacking options the likes of Mark Jones, Dayle Southwell, Kaine Felix, Jay Rollins offer.

“Jona and Dayle and Kaine are going to cause defences absolute mayhem this year, especially with the likes of Jay and our other signings around them.

“We’re going to be lethal as a team, so it’s important we start well.”

Last year’s return to Edgeley Park wasn’t quite as memorable for Piergianni, who played for the Hatters in their 2011-12 Conference Premier campaign.

The defender found the net for Boston, but a red card - for a late sliding challenge - saw him facing a three-match ban following a 3-2 defeat.

Piergianni believes his dismissal was harsh, but he is keen to make amends.

“It started well with a goal but then I unfortunately get sent off,” he reflected.

“I probably owe it to our lads again after last year. But we can go there and do a lot better than last year.

“I did think it was a bit harsh, but those things happen. It’s a new season and a new year. It’s just another game for me.

“Our squad looks good, we look strong, we look great. We’re all feeling confident going into the new season.”

Pilgrims captain Garner reiterated his fellow defender’s calls to begin by taking the game to the hosts.

He added: “It was a fast start there two years ago, so let’s hope for that again.

“I got the first goal and it went on from there.

“I hope I can do the same this time around, if there’s a chance to get a goal then hopefully I’ll bury it.

“But the important thing is getting the three points.”

Like Piergianni, Southwell is also keen to right an Edgeley Park wrong.

Of the 30 goals the forward scored last season, his finish at Stockport was the only time throughout the campaign that he found his name on the scoresheet as well as being on the losing side.

“It’s a strange statistic,” Southwell said.

“But hopefully I can go there this year and score a few goals and help us win the match.”

United will return to action on Tuesday night, hosting Solihull Moors (KO 7.45pm).

The fellow title hopefuls have been something of a bogey team for United in recent seasons, with Boston winning just one of the past five meetings at York Street - Moors winning two and drawing two.