BOSTON United aim to use Saturday’s clash against Hyde United as their chance to show their promotion ambitions.
Manager Jason Lee has welcomed the arrival of the Tigers as the opportunity to take their first major scalp of the campaign.
The Pilgrims are yet to face any of the Blue Square Bet North’s top five in league action.
But Lee cannot wait… insisting it is a chance to narrow the gap at the top.
“We’re looking forward to the game. We want to play teams at the top and see what we can do,” he said.
“We need to gauge ourselves and we look forward to meeting them.
“We’ve got faith in what we do and we want to face teams like Stalybridge and Hyde.
“We need to play the top teams and start chipping away at them.
“The lads, despite this defeat (at Solihull), should believe in themselves as our form’s been good.”
Boston would have liked to have picked up three points ahead of Saturday’s match (KO 3pm) as they now face the top three sides in the league in a row.
But confidence remains high in the camp, Lee says.
Hyde have won 13 and drawn two of their 17 matches so far, and arrive at the Jakemans Stadium in a rearranged clash after original opponents Corby Town will be in FA Cup action.
The Cheshire outfit are enjoying a renaissance after two high-profile link-ups.
They are supported by mega bucks Manchester City – who play their reserve matches at Ewen Fields.
Meanwhile, they are also in cahoots with the Glenn Hoddle Academy, which attempts to give youngsters released by Football League clubs a second chance in the game.
Hyde overtook previous leaders Stalybridge on Monday night, and their 39 goals to date is more than double the 19 the Pilgrims have mustered. However, they have conceded 16 times, just four goals less than Boston.
And United can take heart, knowing 10 of those goals have come on the road, along with both their defeats.