Boston United must do fans proud against Gainsborough Trinity, says Tom Ward
TOM Ward says Boston United owe their fans a performance to be proud of against arch rivals Gainsborough Trinity.
The Pilgrims and the Blues lock horns for the first time this season at the Jakemans Stadium on Saturday (3pm).
Ahead of last night's fixtures, Trinity held county bragging rights in the Blue Square Bet North table.
But in a desperately tight division, three points for either side could catapult them up the standings.
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The Pilgrims will be looking for revenge following Trinity's 2-1 victory at the Jakemans Stadium in April.
Centre-back Ward was in the team that day and admitted losing to the play-off bound Blues hurt.
"It's always a game we look forward to," declared the former Sleaford Town defender.
"It's good for the fans, they love it, and we want to prove a point for them.
"We never like getting beaten against anyone, but when it hurts your fans a bit more, it hurts you a but more.
"They're definitely a side we'll look to pick up three points from."
There will be plenty of familiar faces in the Gainsborough squad, including former Boston duo Jamie Yates and Shane Clarke.
However, both may have to settle for a place on the bench following a recent resurgence from Steve Housham's side which has featured a 2-2 draw at former leaders Brackley.
"They're good players and they did well for us, but I don't want them to be taking points away from us again," declared Ward.
"I've not paid too much attention to how they (Trinity) are getting on.
"You have a look every now and again, but my main concern is Boston United."
Ward also wants to see an improvement from Boston's last home match – Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Worcester City.
Despite Marc Newsham finding the net again, the Pilgrims delivered a largely toothless display.
"We were very disappointed not to pick up three points," reflected Ward.
"Worcester are a good team, but we're a good team and, to be honest, I felt we let ourselves down."
The Pilgrims have been drawn to face Colwyn Bay at home in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
The sides have already met in Blue Square Bet North this season with United winning 2-0 in north Wales thanks to goals from Spencer Weir-Daley and Marc Newsham.
The tie will take place on Saturday, November 10.