5 Things: Boston United

Some points you may not know or remember when it comes to all things Harriers v Boston

HARRIERS will meet Boston United on Good Friday – here are our 5 Things to mull over ahead of the latest clash between the two teams.

The reds visit York Street for the second time this season following an FA Trophy trip earlier in the campaign.

It’s a big league match for both teams – so here are some points you may not know or remember when it comes to all things Harriers v Boston:


Harriers and Boston are no strangers to each other this season – the Good Friday meeting will be the fourth occasion the two will lock horns, having already met in the league and twice in the FA Trophy. A debut own goal from Fraser Horsfall gave the Pilgrims a share of the spoils in the Aggborough league clash, while a late comeback from Boston in the initial Trophy tie set up a home replay for Harriers, with the reds coming out 2-0 winners on that night.


The men from Aggborough and York Street may have been regular acquaintances this season, but that’s true enough over the decades, too. While the teams may have spent a while in different leagues, they’ve still managed to meet on 40 occasions dating back to the 1950s. The wins over the years have been more or les equal, despite a first Harriers win not coming until the fifth attempt when Peter Wasall was among the scorers in a 2-1 win in 1967.


Harriers have had to reshuffle their calendar enough times this season but spare a thought for Boston on that front. In the calendar year alone, they’ve had to postpone or re-arrange a whopping six matches – including three in a row near the turn of the month.


Last season’s Aggborough encounter between the two sides was a key one with the reds still battling hard for promotion. The Pilgrims had produced a fine rear-guard for some 87 minutes – on Good Friday, ironically enough – but were left empty-handed at the end of the day after Elton Ngwatala had stooped low to nod in from close range after Andre Brown’s header had hit the bar.


Just as Harriers needed a big response at Alfreton on Tuesday night to see off the spectre of the 4-4 draw against Salford City days previous, so too Boston will look to bounce back against the reds on Good Friday as they bid to fight back from a 4-1 defeat at the hands of promotion-chasing Brackley in midweek. The Saints fired in four goals – the first not until the 71st minute – before Jordan Keane’s late consolation got United on the score sheet.

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