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Posted by Christopher Dow
Posted on Fri 27 Jul 2018
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FC Halifax Town will face Boston United in their final preseason friendly on Saturday ahead of the start of the Vanarama National League opening fixture against Braintree Town on Saturday August 4th.

Boss Jamie Fullarton describes Towns last run out against Coalville as a perfect test of our mental strength as, “It was part of our build up to the first game of the season, every game asks you different questions. Today with the pitch, the conditions, the attitude of the opposition it was a good test for us as we build towards that first game against Braintree.”

He continued, “It’s no different for Coalville playing us as it is us playing Bolton Wanderers at home, all players have a personal pride in playing and that they can show that they can play at that level.”

Seeing his side ease to a 3-1 victory after a shaky opening forty-five minutes was pleasing for Fullarton, but he knows there is still work to be done as he plans for the upcoming National League season as he stated, “The game highlighted areas for me we still need to work on”.

Boston United’s preseason endeavour to prepare for another season in the National League North hasn’t gone as smoothly as boss Craig Elliot would have wanted as the Pilgrims have only won one out of four preseason fixtures and seen themselves exit the Lincolnshire Senior Cup at the first hurdle to Non-league side Lincoln United.

Their only victory so far being a 1-0 win over Tadcaster Albion which sparked a good result against newly relegated National League side Chesterfield which ended in a draw at The Jakemans Stadium. But defeats to Lincoln United in the cup and Lincoln City 4-1 in a friendly shows no consistency in the Lincolnshire side.

Boston prepare to face newly relegated side Guiseley on the opening day of the National League North after a 9th place position last year they hope to push on in hope for a spot in the play-offs.

Pilgrims manager Craig Elliot has done a full revamp of the Boston squad as he has entered double figures in his attempt to find the answers to Boston’s misery. United have signed 12 new players, including Striker Jonny Margetts and Defender John McCombe and another two of which signed just last week, the arrivals of Grant Roberts and Andre Johnson. Grant re-joining United after a two-year injury stint which has seen him side-lined having played in two playoff campaigns for Boston two season previous – 2014/15, 2015/16.

Last time we met The Pilgrims in a competitive game was back in 2017 where a 0-0 draw in the National League North saw the two sides share the points. The six meetings between the two sides have ended seeing Town win three, draw two and Lose just the once.

Admission Prices:

£12. Adults Conc. £10. Under 18s. £7 Under 12s free

Car Parking: 

Availability in the East Stand Car Park – £5 per car

Seating:

All fans will be in the East Stand (away fans at the north end of the stand)

Follow the Game:

There will be live updates and commentary available on the club website and Shaymen TV.

You can also follow the action via Town’s official Twitter account, @FCHTOnline.

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