Boston United need to ‘get the first punch in’ - says Paul Bastock.

Paul Bastock in United action.
Paul Bastock in United action.

PAUL Bastock is backing Boston United to deal a knockout blow to Guiseley’s Blue Square Bet North promotion hopes... by getting the first punch in.

Tonight the Pilgrims travel to Yorkshire in the play-offs’ first-leg encounter.

And he believes drawing first blood is vital.

The 40-year-old stopper told The Standard: “Play-offs are like a boxing match, if you get the first punch in you can rock your opponents and grow in confidence.

“It’s important for us to get in there first.”

Bastock has won the Dr Martens and Conference titles during his years at York Street, and also the Blue Square South play-off final with former club St Albans.

But after re-joining the club in late March - following an injury to Dan Haystead - he admits he knows little of the threat posed by Guiseley.

Bazza added: “I know nothing about them.

“If we were playing Telford or Nuneaton I would say we’re going into the match with confidence.

“But I think that’s the same against Gusieley.

“We’re a good group of players and if we turn up on the day and do our jobs then we’ve got nothing to fear from anyone in this division.”