BROWN ON THE BALL: Can Pilgrims finally lift their home Town curse?


Boston United return to the Jakemans Stadium this Saturday– so that’s another five goals and three points then.

Seeing as Dennis Greene’s side have scored five times in four of their five previous matches at home – and haven’t lost a league match in town since October – it’s probably worth remortgaging the house and pawning the family china before slapping a wad on a home win.


Before you actually prove that a fool and his money are easily parted, it’s worth looking at the bigger picture.

The Pilgrims’ recent home form may be so breathtakingly brilliant that even Bayern Munich and Barcelona are starting to feel an occasional pang of jealousy, but Saturday’s opponents are Harrogate Town.

Yep. That’s it. Harrogate-flipping-Town.

United had never faced this weekend’s opponents before August 2007.

But since that meeting at Wetherby Road, Town have made a habit of regularly frustrating and annoying the Pilgrims, especially on their own turf.

Of the 11 times these two clubs have faced one another, Boston have won just twice.

Harrogate have claimed seven victories, while the two remaining contests have ended in stalemate.

Indeed, from their last six meetings the record is even more in the Yorkshire club’s favour, Town enjoying five victories and a draw.

And before you do press the ‘place bet’ button on that app of yours, do remember that those two victories both came on the road.

Five different management teams have tried and failed to beat Town in Boston.

Dennis Greene – who will become the first Pilgrims manager to ever face Harrogate at home on two separate occasions this Saturday – came the closest last season, but a second-half meltdown saw his side concede a 3-0 lead, a certain Dayle Southwell getting one of those goals.

The pairing of Paul Hurst and Rob Scott managed to do what Tommy Taylor, Graham Drury and the duo of Jason Lee and Lee Canoville failed to do and also grab a point at home – but that took a late brace from out-of-favour substitute Spencer Weir-Daley to snatch victory from Town’s grasp.

But surely, all that will change this weekend? Boston are proven flat-track bullies in the Vanarama North.

Wrong again.

The Pilgrims have a cracking record against those sides in the bottom half of the table, only losing once to a team in the lower 50 per cent.

But can you guess which side that was?

Of course you can, it was Harrogate, down at Wetherby Road on that snow-covered pitch back in January.

Records are made to be broken and curses can be lifted.

There is absolutely no reason why this Boston United side can’t claim three points against Harrogate on Saturday, especially when you factor in recent results and performances at home.

But doing so will be no easy task, that’s been proven plenty of times in recent years.