Boston United

Boston United will begin their new season with an away trip to Leamington next month.

The fixture list for the Vanarama National League North and South came out on Tuesday morning, with the Pilgrims facing Leamington on October 6.

Other key fixtures include a Boxing Day home game against Alfreton Town and a trip to title favourites York City in May.

The season will end with a home game against Curzon Ashton for Boston on May 29, 2021.

Boston will be hoping to finally get promotion back to the National League, after narrowly missing out last campaign due to a play-off final defeat to Altrincham.

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The club could have to play the first few home games of the season at Gainsborough Trinity’s stadium, while Boston wait for the new ground to be completed.

Boston United moved out of York Street after the 2019/20 season, and will move into a new ground at the Quadrant development soon.

Gainsborough Trinity lost their final pre-season friendly of the 2020/21 season in a final work out at home to Lincolnshire neighbours, Boston United.

A goal in each half for the visitors was enough to see the higher ranked opponents past the Holy Blues, but a spirited second half fightback nearly saw Gainsborough snatch a draw at the death.

On twelve minutes, the deadlock was broken. Clever play on the right hand side of the Trinity box, saw the Boston man turn Simon Ainge, race to the by-line and square for veteran Paul Green, arriving late from midfield, to slot home into an unguarded goal.

Gainsborough Trinity captain Simon Ainge competing for the ball. Photo: Kate Simmonds

It only took the visitors 17 seconds of the second period to double their advantage. Jay Rollins escaped down the right hand side and crossed for Jordan Burrows to dive full length, planting his header past the helpless Tom Jackson in the Trinity goal.

Undeterred, Trinity battled gamely, eventually getting a foothold in the game as they refused to lay down and surrender.

Ben Tomlinson didn’t give up and he capitalised on a defensive lapse, skipping between Peter Crook and Scott Garner to lift a sumptuous finish over the advancing ‘keeper to halve the deficit to 2-1.

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Boston United look set to play the first home games of the season at Gainsborough Trinity’s stadium while they wait for their new stadium to be finished.

The Pilgrims moved out of York Street after the final game of the 2019/20 season, a dramatic play-off final defeat to Altrincham.

The loss meant that Boston will have to spend another campaign in the Vanarama National League North.

The club left York Street to move into a new ground that is being built at The Quadrant development, but the chairman fears it may not be ready to move into yet.

In a statement on Wednesday, Boston chairman David Newton said that “most” of the work would be completed in time for October 3, the potential first home fixture of the season.

“Construction work on the new stadium is progressing well, but has of course been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic which has resulted in slightly slower progress than under ‘normal’ circumstances and we have (and continue to be) affected by material shortages, longer delivery periods and some labour shortages.

David Newton did say that these delays would only be a few weeks at most, and once the stadium is finished the club will update fans on selling season tickets.

“We are on track to have most of the work completed for October 3, however we are less certain to have all the necessary service connections completed in time for the extensive testing of the mechanical and electrical installations – and the completion and testing of the floodlights and the lifts.

The temporary move into Northolme Stadium, Gainsborough, hasn’t been confirmed yet as fixtures have not yet been released.

“I say ‘potentially’ as we do not yet know the fixtures and we could have a situation where we are drawn away from home in the FA Cup fixture(s) and our first league games are scheduled away from home, so the scenario may not arise.

“However, we need to make sure we are prepared for the possibility of ‘home’ fixtures, so we are grateful to Richard Kane, chairman of Gainsborough Trinity, for allowing that option for us.”

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