"I used to hate coming here!" Boston United defender Matt Challoner wants to swap York Street battles for a promotion party

Right back knows how intimidating stadium can be for visiting teams...

Matt Challoner. Photo: @RussellDossett (www.sportspictures.online)

Matt Challoner is used to battles at York Street, but now he's hoping it will be the scene of a promotion party.

Right back Challoner made his Boston United debut in Saturday's National League North play-off semi-final victory over Gateshead.

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And now he is desperate for one more win with the club at a stadium which he knows can be intimidating for visiting teams.

"It's quite a trek from where I live," said north west-based Challoner, who won the play-off final with Chorley last season.

"I used to hate coming here as a player. Everyone used to get on top of you, it's a nasty game here, they're in your faces.

"Next week we'll be doing the same this end. We'll be fully confident going into the next game."

United will meet Altrincham in the final on Saturday afternoon (KO 3pm), which will be Challoner's second and final game with the club.

He has committed to Southport next season and wants to end his fleeting Pilgrims career with silverware... which would also mean not having to come back again next year.

"I'm fully committed, there's no better feeling than getting promoted," he said."I want to do it again with Boston. It's a brilliant buzz."