Taking a look at County v Boston
In a repeat of our first ever National League North game two years ago, it's former Football League rivals Boston United who open up County's 2015-16 season.
With no league games this season it's just the pre-season fare that might give an indication of how much Boston are up for this game. Their last five games include matches against Under-21 sides from the upper tiers of football. These produced very different results. Against Nottingham Forest the Pilgrims recorded an excellent 4-1 victory with goals from Mark Jones, Kaine Felix, Scott Garner and Zak Mills. Sunderland proved a much more difficult task and the Black Cats U21s scored 5 without reply.
In between these there was one competitive game for United with a Lincolnshire Senior Cup tie. Boston will have no further interest in this season's competition having lost on penalties to National League Lincoln City after trialist keeper Ravas had kept City at bay during the game. Next up were another National League side in Grimsby Town. Kaine Felix got the Boston goal to level the scores at one point during the game, but Grimsby went on to win 3-1.
They finished the practice games with a 2-2 draw at Worksop Town on Monday. The Boston United XI included many players who are unlikely to be involved at EP, but their scorers on the night, Jack Friend, a striker on loan from Peterborough United, and Jamie McGhee, may well take to the Edgeley turf. .
THE BOSTON'S SQUAD
Boston added a couple of late signings this week in Jordan Deacey and young keeperHenrich Ravas who has been with them throughout pre-season. The men that manager Dennis Greene will select his 16 from today are:
|Name||Pos||Known Past Clubs (may not be complete)|
|Henrich Ravas||G||FK Senica, Spartak Myjava. Peterborough U, Yaxley|
|Scott Garner||D||Leicester C, Ilkeston T(L), Mansfield T, Grimsby T, Alfreton T(L), Cambridge U, Lincoln C(L), Lincoln C(L), Boston U(L)|
|Liam Marrs||LB/M||Sunderland, Boston U(L)|
|Carl Piergianni||D||Peterborough U, Spalding U(L), Altrincham(L), COUNTY, Corby T|
|Connor Smythe||D||Scunthorpe U, DR to Lincoln U(DR)|
|Jordan Deacey||M||Bradford PA, AFC Telford U, Bradford PA(L)|
|Kyle Dixon||M||Notts Co, Grantham T(L), Boston U(L), AFC Telford U(L)|
|Grant Roberts||M/D||Sheffield U, Ossett T, Guiseley, Histon, Gainsborough Tr|
|Jake Sheridan||M||Notts Co, Tamworth, Eastwood T, Lincoln C, Alfreton T, Boston U(L)|
|Kaine Felix||W||St Neots T|
|Jamie McGhee||W||Mansfield T, Corby T, Grantham T, DR to Belper T (DR)|
|Jay Rollins||W||Askern V, Armthorpe Welf|
|Dayle Southwell||F/M||Grimsby T, Harrogate T(L)|
|Jack Friend||F||Wisbech T, Peterborough U|
|Cameron Johnson||F||ex-Rossington Main|
|Mark Jones||F||Blackstones, Peterborough NS, Deeping R, Corby T, Boston U, Gainsborough Tr, Spalding U, Boston U (L)|
|Zephaniah Thomas||F||Rotherham U, Ilkeston T, Parkgate, Rossington Main, Stocksbridge PS, Garden City Broncbusters [usa], RC Montgnee [bel], Cowdenbeath, Thunder Bay Chill [can], Sheffield FC, Mickleover Sp, Scarborough Ath, Mickleover Sp, Matlock T, Goole, L to Sheffield(L)|
It's Boston's fourth visit to EP and the honours have been shared with a win for each side in both the Football League and National League North. In 2006 Julian Joachim gave United the win with the only goal in front of over 5,000 fans. In January the following year Adam Proudlock and Tes Bramble scored what turned out to the be the first game of our 10-in-a-row record breaking run.. For the later games All Things Stockport County has match reports on this blog.
2005-06 FL 25 Feb 0-1
2006-07 FL 13 Jan 2-0
2013-14 NN 17 Aug 1-4 [match report]
2014-15 NN 13 Sep 3-2 [match report]
County score given first. FL - Football League, NN - National League North