Stockport County have been a thorn in Boston United’s side at the Jakemans Stadium in recent seasons, but manager Dennis Greene believes his squad are now better equipped to make the Hatters mad.
The past two campaigns have seen these opponents share the points in Lincolnshire, with superb goalkeeping performances leaving the Pilgrims frutrated on both occasions.
However, Greene believes times have well and truly changed.
“We’ve moved on a lot,” he said.
“We’re a much better team. We’ll be a real threat.
“Stockport’s team has also changed since we last played them.
“The important thing is that we’ve got a good solid team and squad.”
Greene is also looking forward to a return to the Jakemans Stadium, after a run of four matches away from home, including an FA Trophy defeat at Solihull Moors and a wind-affected National League North loss at Worcester City.
However, the club’s last two league matches have been victories - at Solihull and Alfreton Town.
“It’s incredible, when you look at the fixtures we’ve had,” Greene continued. “The last three league games have been away from home and we’ve got six points.”
The Pilgrims left Edgeley Park with a 4-1 victory on the first day of the 2013-14 season, recording one of their most memorable wins since their return to non-league football thanks to goals from Scott Garner, Ricky Miller, Marc Newsham and Spencer Weir-Daley.
But since then, Greene’s side have failed to claim another success in four contests.
There have been two defeats on the road - 3-2 last season, which included Carl Piergianni’s straight red card, and 2-1 on the opening day of this campaign - and two draws at the Jakemans Stadium, 1-1 last season and goalless the year before, although Newsham did have the chance to claim the points from the penalty spot.
Boston’s last home victory was almost a decade ago, arriving on September 9, 2006.
In that League Two contest Tim Ryan and Anthony Elding found the back of the net as the Pilgrims won 2-1.