Boston United (02/09/2023) – Preview/Supporter Info

Spartans head down to Boston tomorrow attempting to get their first ever win away at Boston United, after 14 attempts which has so far seen 9 defeats and 5 draws. 15th time lucky?

Like previous years, we’ll be hosted on the far side of the ground that is all terracing. They sell alcohol in the concourse bit, though I’m pretty sure it’s only Carling but hey ho. The scran at Boston is pretty good in all honesty and is reasonably priced, so you’re more than safe there. They’ve also got some TV’s that show streams of the game on the concourse, which is only about a second or so behind so you can still catch the action if you’re queuing for a pint.

As for drinking, apart from the limited range in the away you don’t have a great many options. The bar at the ground (Ellenders) is canny but a bit expensive. From memory I got charged £8+ for a double gin last season, and it was shite. Down the road though you have a social club called the ‘Wyberton Sports & Social Club’ which is very welcoming to away fans. We dipped in for a pint or 3 last year and they were reasonable.

If you don’t fancy risking the scran at the ground, the stadium is an out of town one so it’s surrounded by Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Greggs, Burger King and a Papa Johns. Sadly the new ground and surrounding area doesn’t have the same charm to it that York Street did, or anything like the old Pigeon Racing Social Club.

Match tickets aren’t that badly priced, and from memory I think you can pay via card or cash on the turnstiles. Mind I was really pissed when I rocked up there last season, so who Christ knows if my memory is accurate on that one. Anyway, as ever it’s probably easier if you purchase them online here.

For Spartans, JJ Hooper will likely just miss out. JJ O’Donnell won’t be back until Tuesday. Following Wednesday’s open forum, it sounds like Lewis Knight will be out for few weeks. Dan Langley may not be involved in the squad if he’s still away on trial (at Hamilton apparently) but Alex Mitchell will be back in the squad for tomorrow anyway. With how well we did on Monday against Spenny, it would seem logical that we’d keep the same system and starting 11 from then, bar Al Mitchell coming back in of course.

As for Boston, they’ve had a pretty decent start to the season and currently sit 8th in the table, just 2 points behind Spartans. They’ll be coming off a 1-0 defeat against everyone’s favourite Northern team, Bishop Stortford on the Bank Holiday Monday. For the hosts, Ethan Sephton will miss the game with a fractured fibula and Tom Leak, Martin Woods and Keziah Martin will be doubts as they all either missed or in Martin’s case, went off with an injury on Monday.

Young forward Jimmy Knowles will be a huge threat, as he’s netted 3 times in just 2 appearances for Boston since joining from Mansfield this summer. Winger/Striker Kelsey Mooney will also be a handful. After moving over from Leamington this summer. He’s notched 2 goals in 5 appearances already this season. Though he’s now 37, midfielder Martin Woods will still be a handful, as he switched from Brackley Town this summer over to the Lancashire side. A big obstacle will be experienced defender/midfielder Michael Bostwick, who joined Boston this summer from Stevenage after making over 450 appearances in the Football League between 2010 and 2023.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire will be providing full radio coverage, which you can find here.