Momentum is key as Boston Town prepare for derby clash with Holbeach United

Matt Hocking and Ian Dunn.

Matt Hocking and Ian Dunn.

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Boston Town are looking to keep a winning momentum as they host Holbeach United this evening.

The Poachers won their first UCL Premier contest of the season on Saturday, beating Harborough Town 5-1.

And tonight they host derby rivals Holbeach, in a contest manager Ian Dunn believes will have the same passion as previous fixtures.

“They’re no mugs,” Dunn said. “They’ll come and try to make it difficult for us.

“They’ve got a lot of players who have played in Boston, so it will have a big derby feel to it.”

Holbeach won the UCL Premier title last season, but with boss John Chand taking a break from football his squad was quickly disbanded, although forward Tommy Treacher has since returned to Carter’s Park.

New Tigers boss Glen Maddison - formerly a Boston United Reserves and Sleaford Town manager - has raided his former clubs to create a promising squad at Holbeach.

Ex-Aston Villa forward Julian Joachim, Liam Ogden, Lewis Sturman, Jake Beauchamp, Nick Bishop, Tom Sargeant and Pedro Sevilha have all been on the Pilgrims’ books in differing capacities.

Meanwhile, forward Curtis Yeatman has made the step up from the Boston Saturday League and fellow forward Liam Tunstall was a Poachers target last season.

Defender Jack Smith also left Town for Holbeach before last season got underway.

After making a storming start to the season, Holbeach have lost their last four matches - going down to Sleaford, Deeping Rangers, Huntingdon and Yaxley.

Kick off at Tattershall Road is 7.45pm.

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