Boston United to play friendly match as they prepare for National League North play-offs

Chance for players to get minutes and understand new COVID-19 match day protocols...

Luke Shiels. Photo: Eric Brown

Boston United's squad will take part in a behind-closed-doors friendly this week.

The Pilgrims will use the occasion to get some much-needed match action under their belts ahead of July 25's National League North play-off semi-final.

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The date, venue and opposition are currently being kept under wraps, but manager Craig Elliott wants to give all of his 20-man squad a run-out, although captain Luke Shiels may be the exception to the rule as he looks to shrug off a groin strain.

"We've got a behind-closed-doors game and we're trying to get 45 minutes into everybody, at least," Elliott said.

"It's important to get a game, but think it's more to get the protocol in place so lads know what's needed on match day and how we go about things (due to new COVID-19 guidance).

United will host the winners of Brackley Town and Gateshead on July 25. The match will be streamed online.MORE PILGRIMS: Woolford, Wafula and Middleton not involved in play-off squadMORE PILGRIMS: Scott Garner has 'unfinished business'MORE PILGRIMS: Alex Whittle still searching for first play-off success