Return of the Skegness derby

Boston Town travel to Skegness Town this week for what is the first meeting of the two teams for 37 years.

It seems remarkable that such a long time has elapsed, with the two clubs being just 22 miles apart.

For a decade and a half, Boston and Skegness were keen rivals in the Midland League and the county cup.

But after one season in the new Northern Counties East League in 1982-83, the Lilywhites dropped down into the Lincolnshire League and the Poachers’ local rivals became the likes of Holbeach, Deeping and Sleaford instead.

The last time the two clubs met was in the Lincs Senior A Cup in 1984 when Sean Matthews and Dave Belton scored in a 2-2 draw before the Poachers lost the replay 2-0,

In recent years Skegness have moved to a new ground in Wainfleet Road and there was great excitement when they were transferred to the United Counties League Premier North for 2021-22.

There’s added spice because Skegness boss Nathan Collins was previously in charge at the DWB Stadium while Boston boss Gary Edgley used to be at Skegness.

Kick-off at the Vertigo Stadium is at 7.45pm on Wednesday.

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