MARC Newsham has vowed to ‘shut up’ former teammate Jamie Yates as Boston United prepare to go head-to-head with county rivals Gainsborough Trinity.
And the striker added there will be ‘no love lost’ between the two sides as they do battle for county bragging rights on Saturday.
Best mates Newsham and Yates grew up together in the Rotherham United academy before teaming up to play vital parts in Boston’s successes over the past two seasons.
But after Yates made the move to big-spending Trinity in the summer, Newsham is desperate to have the last laugh.
“If there’s a 50-50 I’m definitely going through him,” said Newsham with a smile.
“We’ll be speaking in the build up to the game, you know what he’s like with his banter.
“But I’ll be doing my best to shut him up by scoring some goals against him.
“It’s a massive game and a local derby. It means a lot to the fans as well as they players, as there are bragging rights at stake.
“So we’ll train right this week and go there looking for the right result.”
United have already earned a victory at the Northolme this season, winning 2-1 as the two sides met in the Lincs Senior Shield.
Both Boston scorers on that day – Kevin Holsgrove and Mikel Suarez – have since parted company with the Jakemans Stadium.
However, Newsham reckons that earlier victory will have no bearing on Saturday’s clash (KO 3pm).
“That’s out of the way now,” Newsham added. “Although it was a competitive game, it was in pre-season and both teams were more concerned about getting players fit.
“It won’t mean anything come Saturday.”
Trinity managed to convince Yates and Shane Clarke to leave United for the Northolme in the summer, while they also have ex-Pilgrims Rory Coleman and Dominic Roma on their books.
Meanwhile, Pilgrims Lee Canoville, Chris Hall and Ryan Semple have all had spells with the Blues.
United manager Jason Lee understands the importance of the contest, but is more concerned with climbing up the Blue Square Bet North table.
He said: “I know it means a lot to people that they’ve got former players in their side, but I want us to go there and get three points.”