GAINSBOROUGH Trinity boss Steve Housham may have dismissed Boston United as nothing more than ‘noisy neighbours’ this week... but the Pilgrims believe they can talk the talk on Saturday.
The two Yellowbelly rivals will clash at the Jakemans Stadium at the weekend (KO 3pm), with United manager Jason Lee determined to put the Blues’ promotion aspirations on hold.
The two managers have cranked the war of words up to full volume.
Lee landed the first blow by stating his side still had plenty to play for this campaign, beginning with ‘throwing a few spanners’ at Trinity’s top-five ambitions, before poking a finger of fun at their fanbase.
“Gainsborough will probably bring about 57 fans - but it means something to our large support and their little support,” Lee joked.
Housham responded with a swift jab, labelling United as nothing more than ‘noisy neighbours’.
But Lee came back and landed the most telling blow to date.
“Whatever we are, the noisy neighbours? If they haven’t got any support then it’s not our fault is it?” he added.
Housham’s comment was referencing Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s swipe at Manchester City, after they signed Carlos Tevez and erected a giant billboard with the forward’s face and the slogan ‘Welcome to Manchester’.
In honour of the remarks, The Standard have mocked up that Tevez billboard, replacing the Argentinian striker with Jason Lee.
Ironically, the pose was taken as Lee celebrated his goal in the Pilgrims’ 3-1 Blue Square Bet North win over Trinity at the Northolme this season.