There’s a long-standing tradition at Boston United which states new signings must mark their away debut by performing a song.
As the Pilgrims set off for Stockport County on Saturday, both Scott Garner and Carl Piergianni serenaded their teammates with their a cappella versions of Oasis classic Wonderwall.
And there was some irony that both blurted out the line ‘are you gonna be the one that saves me?’.
Because - as the Pilgrims kicked off their Skrill North season with a superb 4-1 victory at second-favourites Stockport County - the central defensive pairing saved Boston time and again.
The contest was closer than the scoreline suggests, but the difference was that the Boston strikers took their chances and the County forwards were rarely afforded a sniff of goal.
A bum note indeed.
On the two occasions where ex-Grimsby Town striker Phil Jevons looked like he would be through, Garner made a vital last-ditch clearance.
It was Garner who gave the Pilgrims a ninth-minute lead. Ben Milnes’ corner was nodded on by Netan Sansara and, as the home defence stood motionless, Garner poked home.
“The goals last longer, people remember them,” he said when asked whether he took more pride in his defensive or attacking duties at Edgeley Park.
“But they all felt good.”
County drew level on 21 minutes when Kristian Dennis beat Ashley Timms from the penalty spot, after Sansara had handled Kyle Jacobs’ cross.
It was all-square at the interval, and the game needed one team to reach top gear.
But while Boston’s back line excelled, the Hatters’ defence capitulated.
Three goals in nine minutes then saw the match slip away from the hosts.
Marc Newsham sent keeper Ian Ormson the wrong way when he latched on to Milnes’ 56th-minute through ball.
Spencer Weir-Daley made the most of defensive indecision to get goalside of Timms’ long punt two minutes later, before finding the net with an acrobatic volley.
And Miller wrapped things up, sweeping into the empty net after Ormson had fumbled Newsham’s low strike.
Pilgrims defender Charley Sanders blotted his copybook, seeing red for an elbow on James Tunnicliffe in the 86th minute, having just been introduced.
The hosts rallied late on, with Dennis’ free kick rattling the woodwork and Timms doing well to deny Rhys Turner, but Stockport rarely threatened a goal which was well protected by Garner and Piergianni.
A Wonderwall indeed.