”We don’t want to be playing catch up!” Good league start vital for Boston United as they prepare to host Guiseley

Early pacesetters to meet at the Northolme...
Scott Garner rejoined from Guiseley.Scott Garner rejoined from Guiseley.
Scott Garner rejoined from Guiseley.

Craig Elliott believes there are no gimmes in the National League North - and expects Guiseley to be as tough an opponent as they come.

The Lions visit the Northolme on Saturday for the Pilgrims’ first home game of the league season.

Although just one game into the season, the two sides share top spot in the table after United beat Leamington 4-0 and Guiseley defeated Blyth Spartans by the same scoreline.

Elliott said: “This league’s difficult. Everybody accepts that and it doesn’t matter if you’re a big club or not.

“They’re all hard games and we just have to be ready to kick on.”

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at York Street last season, while the return fixture at Nethermoor was scrappede due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Lions have former Pilgrims Kaine Felix and Jonathan Wafula - who left the club at the end of the league season for a fresh challenge - in their ranks.

United’s Scott Garner signed from the Lions last season.

The Pilgrims boss also believes that getting points on the board early is vital, especially as a rise in COVID-19 cases means the season could be settled via points per game once more.

He added: “It’s important we get off to a good start in the league as we don’t want to be playing catch up.

“You also don’t know when it may be shut down either so it’s important we get off to a good start.”