BOSTON United are set to rekindle their ferocious rivalry with Colwyn Bay tomorrow as they look to halt a run of four successive defeats.
Last season’s two meetings between the opponents were ill-tempered affairs, and tensions will be high again as boss Jason Lee looks to ease the pressure that has come from his side’s poor run of form.
The rivalry with Colwyn Bay kicked off during the 2-2 draw at York Street last October.
After player-manager Jason Lee had given United the lead, Lee McEvilly netted twice to put the Welsh side ahead.
In stoppage time Ben Milnes earned a point for the hosts with a thumping 20-yard drive.
But it wasn’t a day when football was the major talking point.
During the physical clash, Lee incensed the visiting Seagulls when he clashed with defender Matthew Hughes, leaving the centre back bandaged up after his head was cut during an aerial battle.
Feelings between the two sides reached a new high when Bay defender Damien Allen was red carded for hurling obscenities at a group of young United supporters.
Even at the final whistle, the two clubs continued to clash, with Boston chairman David Newton ordering the travelling team out of the Pilgrim Lounge social club after claims a club employee had been abusive to bar staff.
This was followed by Bay defender Luke Denson taking to Twitter and writing: “Boston is the worst place in England. Their players and fans are horrible. 1,500 people and only 12 teeth.”
And things started badly in February’s return fixture at Llanellian Road.
The match hadn’t even got started before Lee and McEvilly were involved in an on-pitch dispute after the Bay player-coach took it upon himself to move the Pilgrims’ training cones, which had been set up on the turf.
On that night, goals from United’s Marc Newsham and Danny Sleath weren’t enough.
Despite Boston twice leading, finishes from Karl Noon (two) and Shelton Payne earned Bay victory.
On Saturday, the Pilgrims make the journey to north Wales once again, with Lee desperate to do better.
He said: “Of course, you have bogey sides and want to put those ghosts to rest.
“Colwyn Bay are a difficult team home and away.
“We have to deal with whatever we’re up against.
“And we’ll do that in the right manner each time.”
Although McEvilly has left the Seagulls, Denson remains at the club.
Bay also have ex-Boston attacker Kevin Holsgrove and former Premier League defender Frank Sinclair on their books.
They are managed by Jon Newby, who had plenty of battles against Boston while playing for Bury.