Boston United must prepare for 'physical battle' with Chesterfield - Craig Elliott

Pilgrims boss impressed by rivals' firepower...

Craig Elliott. Photo: Oliver Atkin

Craig Elliott has warned his Boston United squad to prepare for a physical battle when National League Chesterfield arrive at the Jakemans Community Stadium.

Wednesday evening's FA Trophy tie will see the Pilgrims' impressive back line given the tough task of dealing with a Spireites strikeforce which could include old foes Tom Denton and Akwasi Asante.

The two attackers have caused United problems in the past, particularly during their times with North Ferriby United and Chester respectively.

"We're expecting a big physical battle," Elliott said.

"They get the ball forward quickly and they're full of high energy. They've got a lot of firepower in the right areas.

"Most managers would love them (Denton and Asante) in the team, so we'll be really up against it as they're both very difficult forwards to contain for 90 minutes."

While United's backline - who have kept eight clan sheets so far this season - look to deal with the Spireites' goal threats, the Pilgrims' attackers have been tasked with taking the game to the visitors.

"We've got a good defensive record. We've got to look at ways to cause them problems and we've tried to do that."

Following Saturday's postponement at Alfreton Town, Boston have had the luxury of two training sessions to work on the Trophy match.

"We trained Saturday and last night (Tuesday) as well," Elliott added.

"We were disappointed not to play at the weekend but it's something we've got used to.

"Usually with midweek games you don't have time to prepare as you want, but we've had two sessions and we could concentrate on them.

"We're very much looking forward to it."

Tomorrow's contest kicks off at 7.45pm.

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