We’ll give Chester the Blues! Fairclough backs Boston United to do the double over league leaders

Ben Fairclough in action during the victory over Chester in September.
Ben Fairclough in action during the victory over Chester in September.

Ben Fairclough believes Boston United can be the first team to leave the Deva Stadium with three points this season.

Today the Pilgrims head off to Chester FC, looking to do the double over the champions elect (KO 3pm).

The league leaders sit comfortably on top of the Blue Square Bet North table, having only lost once all season.

But the team who claimed their scalp was United.

On that day, back in September, the Pilgrims recorded a 3-2 victory over the Blues at the Jakemans Stadium.

Fairclough scored twice on that day, and Ben Milnes also found the net, as United stormed into a 3-0 half-time lead.

Within five minutes of the re-start, substitute Iain Howard has pulled two back for the away side, but Boston held firm for a tremendous victory.

“It feels great knowing we’re the only team to have beaten them so far this season. Hopefully, we can do it again,” Fairclough told The Standard.

“Everything just clicked that day and it proves we can beat the top teams.”

While Chester have steamrolled through the division - winning 31 of their 36 matches to date - Boston have had an up-and-down campaign.

“We’ve definitely lacked consistency this season, it’s been frustrating,” Fairclough added.

“But we can beat top teams. We’ve beaten Halifax and Brackley, and there’s no reason why we can’t beat Chester again.”

Following last night’s 2-0 victory at Gainsborough Trinity, Chester’s phenomenal season saw them hit the 100-point mark.

Second-place Guiseley are 18 points behind with a game in hand.

But even if the Lions win their remaining seven matches they can only reach 103 points, the total Chester - with a superior goal difference of 30 - can clock up if they beat United.

Victory on Saturday would effectively secure Chester top spot, while a draw or defeat for Guiseley would ensure it.

Last season Fairclough came on as a substitute when the Pilgrims were hammered 4-1 at Hyde, a result which saw the home side claim the title and promotion to the Blue Square Bet Premier.

After witnessing the Tigers pop the champagne and parade the trophy in front of their fans, the attacker doesn’t want to be an unwanted guest at someone else’s party yet again.

He added: “You never like losing any match.

“But it’s horrible watching someone else celebrate winning the league.

“We want to make sure we don’t do that again this year.”

Fairclough is now facing a race against time to get fit for Saturday.

He was sidelined over the Easter weekend with a mystery injury.

He told The Standard: “It’s a weird one. It’s like a dead leg that won’t go away.

“I’m able to do stuff in the gym like rowing and cycling, but I can’t run with it.

“Hopefully, Katie (Cooper, club physio) can sort it out and I can get back and score some more goals against them.”

Chester’s last home league defeat came on January 21, 2012 - going down to Hednesford Town in Evo-Stik Northern Premier League action.

Since then they have recorded 24 victories and three draws on their own turf.

Boston and Chester (then in their Chester City guise) were last in the same division during the 2006-07 League Two campaign.

Jamie Stevens scored the only goal of the game as United beat the Blues at home with two games to go, giving them a slim chance of survival, before they were eventually relegated at Wrexham.

The last fixture between the two at the Deva Stadium was in December 2006, with the home side winning 3-1.

Dany N’Guessan - now with Millwall - scored for Boston.

The Pilgrims’ last three points at Chester arrived on January 2005, Simon Rusk on target in a 1-0 victory.