Boston United boss demands display of local pride at Gainsborough Trinity
PILGRIMS boss Graham Drury will instil the importance of securing county pride in his players ahead of Saturday’s mouth-watering derby at Gainsborough Trinity.
It is Drury’s first taste of a rivalry which has been cranked up in reason seasons following the Pilgrims’ arrival in Blue Square Bet North.
The recent transfer of Mark Jones from United to Trinity will add another dimension to what is usually a feisty encounter.
As a Lincolnshire lad, Drury knows what victory would mean to Boston fans and will impress that on his players, the majority of which hail from outside the county.
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“I hope the players realise it is a local derby and what it means to the fans,” declared the former Stamford boss.
“It’s not a derby for a lot of the lads because they travel from other areas.
“But when there’s that Lincolnshire rivalry there, they’ve got to want to play for Boston United and want to beat their rivals for the fans.
“It’s all about three points at the end of the day, but it would mean so much to the fans as well.”
Drury has branded Steve Housham’s Blues favourites for victory at the Northolme, but insists his side will not be daunted by the tag of underdogs.
“We’ll be the underdogs, the league table proves that at the moment,” admitted Drury.
“They’re also having a good cup run (having reached the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy).
“Everything Gainsborough have done this season has been positive and they’re in fine form at present.
“So we are the underdogs, but we don’t fear that. It’s still 11 v 11.
“It will be an interesting game. We’ll give it everything we’ve got and try and win the game of football.”
Drury believes a run of tough games, which continues at Guiseley on Saturday week, could actually help his side as they attempt to break into play-off contention.
“We’re coming into a real rough, tough period now. We’re playing Gainsborough and Guiseley, all sides that are in the mix for promotion,” said Drury.
“But playing sides like that could work in our favour and hopefully we can push ourselves into those top five spots.”
With Trinity also suffering a spate of postponements, Saturday’s clash will pit Mark Jones against his former club in one of his first games for the Blues.
“It happened to me. My first game as Boston manager was against my old club Corby. The football fates seem to do that at times,” added Drury.
“But we won’t just be worried about Mark Jones. They’ve got some top players there and they’re a top side. They’re certainly going to be pushing for the top four spots. We’ve got to try and dent their run and try and build one of our own.”