21/22 Match Preview: Boston United

The Lions return to Nethermoor on Saturday looking for a reaction from Tuesday night with Boston United the visitors for a 3pm kick-off.

Match sponsored by: Chris Wright Baildon Ltd

Tickets can be purchased online in advance here, tickets will also be on sale on the day at the turnstiles with payment by cash only, it is also cash payments only inside the ground for programmes, food and drink and 50/50 cash draw tickets. The clubhouse accepts and prefers payment by card.

The Lions will be looking for a big reaction following a hammering at Nethermoor on Tuesday night against a Boston United side hunting down a place in the playoffs.

Previous meetings

The two teams met all the way back in September when The Pilgrims came out on top by the odd goal in three. Jordan Thewlis levelled the scores with a strike from range after Jordan Burrow had given his side the lead.

It quickly came undone though when Fraser Preston netted a minute later to take the points on our first visit to the Jakeman’s Community Stadium.

Saturday is the first time Boston will have played at Nethermoor since January 2019 when the visitors edged out Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill’s side 5-4 with Rowan Liburd netting a hat trick.

The Lions’ Form Book

Until Tuesday night The Lions were unbeaten at home in 2022 and must start another run to move away from the only relegation place in the division.

The past couple of weeks have proved stop start with a postponement at Kettering and successive home games also biting the dust because of the weather.

Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill’s side go into the game with three defeats on the spin and without a goal since 5th February.

A Look At Boston United

The Pilgrims have endured an inconsistent couple of months with Craig Elliott leaving the club in January with former Lions boss Paul Cox now in charge.

Last time out Boston drew 1-1 with Kettering on home soil, this followed a 3-2 win over a nine man Kettering Town side in Lincolnshire.

Before that United had lost away to Kidderminster and Hereford with a home draw to Southport sandwiched in between.

They are without a win on the road since early December when they once again beat Kettering 3-2.

They name former Lions Marcus Dewhurst, Scott Garner and James Hanson in their squad with Jordan Preston recently departing for Spennymoor Town.

Paul Cox will be assisted by Ben Marvin, the pair worked together at Nethermoor during the 2017/18 season.

A Look At The Lions

The Lions were boosted by the returns of Andy Kellett, Kaine Felix and Scott McLean on Tuesday night and all three could feature again on Saturday.

James Gale made his home debut but Prince Ekpolo will once again miss out through suspension.

He will be joined on the sidelines by Jamie Spencer, Bailey Thompson and Shaun Tuton who are all still out injured.

What Are They Saying?

Following Tuesday night an emotional Russ O’Neill expressed his strong displeasure at the performance saying: “We have done ourselves over there, the first half performance was not defendable. We came up against a team who do not make mistakes and you cannot give any team goals starts in this league never mind Brackley. Their lads are reliable and that’s why they are up at the top of the league and there every year.”

“We went in at half-time and had an absolute tear up in the dressing room and all of a sudden an 18 year-old and Kaine Felix come on who ran around and got aggressive with people and all of a sudden we look a different team but we still managed to concede a stupid goal.”

“We are fuming with the performance but there were some good individual displays in that game, Scott McLean in the second half sat in front of the back three and dictated the game, Kaine Felix and Josh Stones ran all over and competed.”

“It was an unacceptable first half performance from everybody.”

“As long as we do not make stupid mistakes we can turn this around.”

Tickets for the game with Boston United can be purchased at the turnstiles on the day with cash payment only or online in advance here. Don’t forget to pick up a matchday programme for just £3, it is packed full with exclusive content with what you will find inside here.

Our name in lights!!

Guiseley AFC have been approached by Guiseley Theatre to help with the writing of play called “On Hallowed Ground”. The play is about the relationship of a father and daughter played out through their shared love of watching football. In order to ensure that the passion, humour and pathos of supporting a football club is properly captured the writers will be in the clubhouse before our match against Boston United to chat with fans. This is your chance to have some of your memories of supporting Guiseley AFC captured forever in dramatic form.

“On Hallowed Ground” will be performed on 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th July after the “Tales Told Festival” which occurs between 25th June and 2nd July 2022 at the Guiseley Theatre.

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