Gloucester City v Boston United

\r\n\r\n\r\nDate: Saturday 21 September, 2013\r\nCompetition: Skrill North\r\nVenue: Whaddon Road\r\nKick-off: 3pm\r\n\r\nOpponents: Formed in 1933 after an original Boston football club went out of business, the Pilgrims, named after the Pilgrims Fathers who fled Lincolnshire to Boston, Massachusetts, spent much of their early history in the Midland and Southern Leagues.\r\n\r\nThe club were founding members of both the Northern League (which they won four times) and the Conference, which they won in 2002.\r\n\r\nThey also were runners-up in the FA Trophy in 1984-85 losing to Wealdstone 2-1 in the final, and famously played Tottenham Hotspur away in the FA Cup Third Round in 1956, losing 4-0; but 10,000 Boston supporters travelled to White Hart Lane.\r\n\r\nIn their recent history, the club competed in the Football League from 2002 to 2007, before suffering a final day relegation to the Conference and financial troubles forcing them down to the Northern Premier League where they finished 16th in their debut season. But after beating Bradford Park Avenue in the playoff final the club bounced back to the Conference North where they have remained since.\r\n\r\nBoston United play at the magnificent York Street stadium, which holds over 6,000 fans.\r\n\r\nForm Guide: The Lincolnshire side have had a very good start to the league campaign, currently sitting in sixth place in the Skrill North table; their last action seeing a 3-0 away defeat to North Ferriby United.\r\n\r\nRecent form – DWDWL\r\n\r\nHistory: Gloucester City and Boston United first battled way back in 1959 where almost 4,000 fans saw a 1-1 draw between the sides in the Southern League North Western Zone, this was followed two months later by the Tigers demolishing the Lincolnshire side 6-2 at Longlevens.\r\n\r\nAfter an almost 40 year absence the clubs reignited their relationship spending two seasons together in the Southern League Premier Division.\r\n\r\nFrom 2010 the clubs have partaken in the Conference North, and also once in the FA Trophy where City won 1-0 at York Street. The last meeting came on March 5th 2013, City’s 130th anniversary, but saw a heavy 4-0 defeat for Dave Mehew’s beleaguered squad.\r\n\r\nGloucester City wins: 3\r\n\r\nDraws: 3\r\n\r\nBoston United wins: 7\r\n\r\nTeam news: Club captain Matt Coupe returns to the first team line-up after serving his three match ban after being sent off against Worcester City.\r\n\r\nWill Morford, Matt Groves and full back Mike Green are almost back to full fitness, as all featured on Tuesday night not 100% fit.\r\n\r\nYou’ll be able to catch full coverage of Gloucester City v Boston United on Twitter (@GCAFCofficial) and Facebook (GCAFCofficial), as well as live match commentary from Severn Sport (www.severnsport.co.uk) from 3pm Tuesday. Gloucester City’s Media coverage is sponsored by Baylis Motors.

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