Date: Saturday, 22nd August 2015\r\n\r\nCompetition: Vanarama National League North\r\n\r\nKick-Off: 3pm\r\n\r\nLocation: York Street, Boston\r\n\r\nGloucester City make the long trip North tomorrow to face Boston United at York Street.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers go into the clash following a 1-1 draw with Alfreton Town on Tuesday night where Marc Richards was on hand in the 83rd minute to level things following Spencer Hamilton’s red card.\r\n\r\nBoston meanwhile fared better in the midweek fixture on Tuesday as they overcame Brackley Town away from home, in a convincing 3-1 victory.\r\n\r\nThe opponents:\r\n\r\nThe club was founded in 1933 as a successor to a club called Boston. Their first game was a 3–1 defeat at home to Grimsby Reserves on 26 August 1933.\r\n\r\nThey then had a moderate amount of success in various leagues, including the Midland League and Southern League.\r\n\r\nThey were founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1968, of which they were champions four times, and of the Alliance Premier League (now the National League) in 1979.\r\n\r\nIn 1985 Boston United went to Wembley for the first and only time in their history for the FA Trophy Final of the 1984–85 season, after Bob Lee scored a winning last minute goal in the 2nd leg of the semi-final against Altrincham at York Street to put the Pilgrims through.\r\n\r\nBoston lost 2–1 to Wealdstone in front of 20,775, with Chris Cook scoring United’s only goal.\r\n\r\nBoston United finished third in the Conference in 1988–89, but were unable to build on this and were relegated to the NPL in 1993. They were transferred to the Southern League, winning the title in 2000, and went fully professional in 2001.\r\n\r\nIn their first season as a professional club, Boston won the Conference and were promoted to the Football League.\r\n\r\nDespite finishing the 2007–08 campaign in 10th place under the guidance of Tommy Taylor, United were still in administration by the 2nd Saturday of May in 2008.\r\n\r\nThis meant they were relegated again to the Northern Premier League Premier Division for the 2008–09 season.\r\n\r\nAfter a decent start to the 2012/13 season, Boston started to drop off the promotion pace, with a 7-game winless run from November to mid-December not aiding their cause. More inconsistency followed, and Jason Lee was sacked.\r\n\r\nGraham Drury took over within the same week but left the club after less than 2 months. Dennis Greene took over soon afterwards, but after a good start couldn’t help the club from finishing higher than a poor 16th place, just 5 points above the relegation zone.\r\n\r\nThe following season was a marked improvement in both league and cups. Whilst Boston fell at the 2nd hurdle (2–0) at Brackley, they made the last 32 of the FA Trophy with wins over Redditch and Southport, before a 2–0 loss at Tamworth.\r\n\r\nIn the league, they held on to a top 5 spot for most of the season and never fell below 8th, but they couldn’t keep up with late surges by Hednesford and Guiseley, ending 1 place and 6 points off the playoffs in 6th\r\n\r\nTeam news: Obi Anoruo will not be fit to play tomorrow after tweaking a muscle in his groin however it is not a serious injury.\r\n\r\nJoe Hanks will be available for the Tigers trip to Boston after signing on loan from Cheltenham Town this week.\r\n\r\nRoss Staley will play for Paulton Rovers this weekend after he signed dual registration forms with the Bristol club.
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