Boston United look to introduce under 21s side

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Boston United have blown the final whistle on their reserve side... electing to concentrate on a new youth set-up.

The Pilgrims will, instead, replace their second string with an under 21s development squad.

The new side will not take the reserves’ place in any formal league structure.

Instead the team are set to take part in a number of non-competitive fixtures against Football League and Conference sides.

The club say they hope that this will give the side the chance to put the emphasis on player development.

The Pilgrims have already agreed to play under 21s opposition from teams such as Doncaster Rovers, Notts County, Mansfield Town and Lincoln City next season — with additional opponents set to be confirmed.

Previously, youngsters progressed from the under 18s to the reserve side, which competed in the Lincolnshire League.

The club only reinstated a reserve side four years ago, and the team won the Lincs League at the first attempt.

Boston’s first team have announced their first two pre-season dates.

They will travel to face UCL Premier champions Spalding United at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Tuesday, July 15.

The Pilgrims will then play host to Gainsborough Trinity in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup quarter-final on Tuesday, July 29.