Boston Town set for derby clash with Holbeach

Martyn Lakin
Martyn Lakin

IT’S derby night at Tattershall Road – as Boston Town host fierce rivals Holbeach United.

The rivalry between the two fenland UCL Premier opponents intensified in the summer when Paul Goodhand, Loz Lambley and Adam Jackson opted to switch from the Poachers to the Tigers.

However, Town got some sense of satisfaction after signing up striker Danny Matson, who had been a United target.

And now, tonight, in just the second match of the league season, bragging rights are at stake as the two opponents meet (KO 7.45pm).

Despite the summer’s transfer dealings, Town boss Martyn Lakin says the contest will not become personal.

“I don’t buy into this derby thing,” he told The Standard.

“I know John (Chand, Tigers manager) and we get on fine.

“For me, the next game is always the priority, no matter who we are playing.

“The next game is just the next focus.” However, Lakin will attempt to get his squad geed up tonight by reminding them that the Tigers beat Town 2-1 in their league clash at Tattershall Road last season.

“That hurt some players in the dressing room,” he added.

“So reminding them that they don’t want to go through that feeling again won’t do any harm.

“Holbeach have made a few signings and have a strong side on paper.

“But we know we can provide entertainment.”

Town began their season with a 3-0 win at Newport Pagnell, while Holbeach lost 1-0 at Kempston.