Poachers set for kick off

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Boston Town will kick off their UCL Premier season with a double header on the road.

The Poachers travel to face AFC Kempston Rovers on Saturday, followed by Tuesday’s visit to Peterborough Northern Star.

Boss Nathan Collins admits that he doesn’t quite know what to expect as Town kick off the campaign, due to a number of changes at both opponents.

“I don’t know a lot about Kempston at this stage,” the manager said.

“I know they’ve signed a few new players and they’re regularly a top 10 side.

“They’re one of the stronger teams in the division and it will be a tough start.

“Northern Star are another side a lot of people are tipping to be up there.”

But despite going into the great unknown, Collins says he is more concerned with how his side performs.

He added: “I’m confident in the group I’ve got and I’ve been very impressed with the way they’ve conducted themselves in pre-season.”

Town will begin the campaign without the unavailable Tim Lowe and the injured James Petronzio.

They are also waiting on injury niggles concerning Lee Wattam, Jordan Nuttell and Jack Burrows.

However, Collins has signed two former Poachers - midfielder Paul Goodhand and defender Shaun Baker - as emergency cover for the upcoming season.

Saturday’s match against the Walnut Boys kicks off at 3pm, with Tuesday’s visit to Chestnut Avenue beginning at 7.45pm.