Let's get physical! Boston United prepared for 'fired up' Kettering Town - Craig Elliott

Pilgrims return to action tomorrow evening...
Jake Wright scores against Kettering last season.Jake Wright scores against Kettering last season.
Jake Wright scores against Kettering last season.

Boston United boss Craig Elliott expects Kettering Town to be 'fired up' when the two in-form sides clash tomorrow evening.

The 18th-place Poppies will arrive at the Jakemans Community Stadium on the back of a five-game unbeaten run.

The Pilgrims are also enjoying a good spell - having not lost in their past six matches and conceding just once along the way - but Elliott is wary of a Kettering side which has experienced manager Paul Cox leading the likes of ex-Lincoln City and Altrincham forward Kyle Perry and former United midfielder Ben Milnes.

The Boston boss expects a physical battle similar to the one United faced in Boxing Day's 2-0 victory.

"They're similar to Alfreton, to be honest," he said. "They've got a big battering ram up front in Kyle Perry and they're that physical sort of outfit as well.

"They've got a manager who's very competitive, and that's the thing really - he's experienced and knows how to get results. I'm sure he'll get them fired up and organised."

While Kettering recorded a 1-1 draw at play-off chasing Brackley Town at the weekend, United's fixture at Alfreton was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Having played five games fewer than some of their rivals, United are taking every precaution to ensure Tuesday's contest gets the green light.

"We'll have covers down and the weather looks more favourable," Elliott added.

"Fingers crossed we play on Tuesday. It's the start of a very busy and difficult period for us.

"I've already watched Kettering a few times, so I'm fully aware of what to expect. When we come up against them we'll be fully prepared."

The Poppies were due to be the first visitors to the Jakemans Community Stadium back in November, only for the contest to be postponed due to the hosts self isolating.

United did the double over the Poppies last season, winning 2-0 at Latimer Park thanks to an own goal and Jake Jay Rollins' finish, and 2-1 at York Street courtesy of a Jake Wright double.

Tomorrow evening's rescheduled contest kicks off at 7.45pm.

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