In our series taking a look at each of our opposition for the National League North next season, we roll on to former Football League side Boston United.\r\n\r\nThe Pilgrims came close to promotion last season but fell at the first hurdle against North Ferriby United in the Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg.\r\n\r\nSo now with another season in non-league’s second tier, Boston will be looking to go one better and finally reach the National League following relegation from it in 2007.\r\n\r\nThe relegation came following relegation from the Football League, where they were sent down on the final day of the season against Wrexham and the club’s financial problems saw them further demoted, which was decided at the Annual General Meeting for the Football Conference in June 2007.\r\n\r\nSince then, the Lincolnshire club have been settling in the National League North in their first season having began with a brand new squad, however they were eventually expelled from the Football Conference and played in the UniBond league, escaping relegation on the final day of the season against Camel Laird.\r\n\r\nThe following season saw Paul Hurst and Rob Scott take over as joint-managers and take the Pilgrims up via the play-offs, followed by a third place finish in the National League North.\r\n\r\nThis summer has seen Boston recruit ahead of another push forward having reached the play-offs twice in a row.\r\n\r\nEight players have made their way to the Jakemans Stadium this summer, whilst to date they have kept top scorer Dayle Southwell who scored 24 goals last season, as well as recently earning an England C call-up.\r\n\r\nThe new faces have been impressive, with left-back Courtney Wildin joining having been released by Sheffield Wednesday. He was quickly followed by former Bradford Park Avenue winger Callum Chippendale to give United options out wide.\r\n\r\nFollowing a quiet spell this week has seen six new bodies come in, with Shane Clarke joining from league rivals Tamworth. Earlier this week manager Dennis Greene swooped for a double signing. First of all experienced defender Nat Brown signed on, having played at a high level with the likes of Huddersfield Town.\r\n\r\nPerhaps the best signing so far came on the same day as Brown, with Waide Fairhurst making his Boston move. He last played for relegated FC Halifax Town but has recently scored regularly in the National League for Macclesfield Town. A surprise signing it proves the intention of the Pilgrims for the 2016/2017 season.\r\n\r\nThe sixth new player came in the form of Joe Maguire from Nuneaton Town as the squad shapes up nicely.\r\n\r\nTwo more joined the Pilgrims on Wednesday, as versatile Herve Pepe-Ngmoa joined from Nuneaton Town, with right back Kalern Thomas linking up with the squad from Corby Town.\r\n\r\nGloucester City and Boston United have met a lot more frequently since our promotion to the National League North in 2009. But between 1958 and 2000 we’d met just six times\r\n\r\nLast season we both recorded a 1-0 win each, with a surprise win for the Tigers at Whaddon Road in January.\r\n\r\nWith new signings balanced with expectation, United are on the promotion push and are one to watch for next season.\r\n\r\nWe look forward to meeting the Pilgrims once again next season.\r\n\r\n@OllieWills01

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