Marc Newsham says Boston United will have to play Harrogate Town’s ‘cowfield’ pitch better than the home side if they are to pick up three points.
Town are currently attempting to complete a fixture backlog in the Blue Square Bet North, caused due to a number of postponements.
This has been because their CNG Stadium turf has suffered problems since work was undertaken on it.
United were beaten 2-1 in the home fixture against Harrogate this term, with Newsham netting in the 90th minute to make the score closer than the performances warranted.
He said: “Losing to them isn’t playing on our minds, but it is a few weeks since we won.
“Harrogate are a big physical side and I’m sure it’ll be a cowfield of a pitch.
“We’ve just got to prepare right and try to get a win.”
Newsham scored in Boston’s 2-0 victory at Harrogate last season, and was also part of the side which won 6-3 the previous campaign.
Although times have changed, he still reckons United can claim three points and end their five-match run without a victory.
He added: “I remember scoring a good goal there, but they’re a different side this season.
“They’re doing well.
“We didn’t play well (at home) and I managed to get a goal.
“It was a consolation, but it gives us belief.”
Conor Marshall will be fit for selection after overcoming flu, while left back Jason Field is in contention for a start after moving back from Boston Town.
Harrogate are managed by ex-Pilgrim Simon Weaver.
United boss Graham Drury said: “The pitch at Harrogate isn’t good and it’ll suit them more than it’ll suit us -
they’re a good second-ball side.
“They like that battle while we’re more petit and shorter and sharper, but we have to take chances when they come.
“I really think our luck will turn around.”
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