Boston United ready for the Jekyll and Hyde threat of Hinckley

Nathan Stainfield netted on his debut against Hinckley.
Nathan Stainfield netted on his debut against Hinckley.

BOSTON United will rise to the threats posed by the Jekyll and Hyde side of the Blue Square North.

That is the opinion of manager Lee Canoville, ahead of Saturday’s visit to Hinckley... where spectators should be expecting goals galore.

A total of 38 goals have been scored in the past seven Blue Square Bet North contests involving the Knitters, with Hinckley scoring 18 and conceding 20.

Before Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Harrogate, Hinckley have been on the receiving end of some heavy defeats – losing 6-1 at Halifax and 4-1 at home to Altrincham.

However, they are also able to dish out the punishment, beating Nuneaton 5-2 and Eastwood 4-0.

They were also involved in a memorable draw at promotion-chasing Stalybridge Celtic last month.

Trailing 4-0, they fought back to lead 5-4 before settling for a point in a 10-goal thriller.

Hinckley’s recent heroics have also seen them take Blue Square Bet Premier Luton Town to an FA Trophy replay (0-0), before losing 2-0.

However, Pilgrims boss Lee Canoville (pictured) believes his Pilgrims will hold their own.

He said: “We’ve got some tough games coming up, but they’re the games we seem to rise in.

“We’ve had games where we haven’t put teams to bed but we’ve learned from that.

“We’re going to keep going. Anything less is unacceptable.

“We’ve got good enough players to do it.”

The Pilgrims beat Hinckley 2-0 at the Jakemans Stadium in September.

Nathan Stainfield marked his debut by heading the Pilgrims ahead.

The lead was then doubled by arguably Boston’s goal of the season so far, a tremendous dipping 20-yard volley from Danny Sleath.

Hinckley certainly know where the goal is, having netted 44 times, 11 more than Boston.

But their tendency to concede goals – much to the chagrin of ex-Boston keeper Dan Haystead – is what keeps them near the foot of the table. To date they have leaked 61 goals, the second worst record in the BSBN.

Kick off at the Greene King Stadium is at 3pm.