Marc Newsham believes that Hyde’s current woes are proof that you can’t take anything for granted in football.
As recently as April 2012, the striker was part of the Boston United side which were unwanted guests at the Ewen Fields promotion party, comprehensively beaten 4-1 as the Tigers clinched the Conference North title.
But since then Hyde’s fortunes have changed dramatically.
Last season they finished rock bottom of the Conference Premier, winning just once all season.
And the club appears to remain in freefall, currently propping up the Vanarama North with just two victories to date, having shipped 78 goals along the way.
“I remember a few years ago we went there and they won 4-1 to win the title, and they won this league playing great football,” Newsham said.
“They went into the Conference and struggled. It’s an amazing fall from grace really.”
But as Boston prepare to face Hyde on Saturday, the striker is adamant the Pilgrims cannot rest on their laurels.
The Tigers recently came from 4-2 down to earn a spirited point against title-chasing Barrow, proof that the side are fighting for their survival.
“Whatever team the gaffer picks, we’ll go out and try to win,” Newsham added.
“You can’t take anything for granted in this league.
“Just because they’re bottom, that doesn’t mean it’s not their time to win a game.
“We go with confidence but not arrogance and complacency.
“We’ll work on our shape in training this week and go there looking for three points.”
Boston beat Hyde 3-1 at the Jakemans Stadium in October, courtesy of a Dayle Southwell hat-trick.
United keeper Sam Vince was sent off in the contest for a swipe at Connor Hughes, leaving Greg Tempest to complete the game as a makeshift keeper.
Ex-Boston stopper Ashley Timms is currently playing for Hyde.