The Citadel hosts its second home game in four days when Boston United visit tonight – and The Celts are determined to bounce back following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Darlington.

Club captain Chris Atkinson has said The Celts need to get back to basics as they aim for their first home win of the season.

“We just need to get back to doing the basics well, being harder to beat, being good in both boxes and results will come,” Chris said. “This league is about fine margins if you switch off or make mistakes you get punished, and that’s what’s happening to us at the minute.

“One thing I will say: the lads are giving everything. This club is built on hard work, desire and togetherness. We are working as hard as we can to get the results we want, especially at home. Hopefully that starts tonight!”

Chris said tonight’s game will be a tough one: “Boston are a good and experienced side. Their results have been a bit up and down this season and I think they would like to be a lot higher in the table from where they’re sitting at the minute.”

  • Read Chris Atkinson’s full column in tonight’s match day programme, priced £3.
Skipper Chris Atkinson. Photo: John McEvoy

Kick off time

The match kicks off at The Citadel at 7.45pm

Team news

The Celts have had a lengthy injury list to contend with over the past month and have also had a number of suspensions thrown in.

Lewis Turner remains on the long-term injury list, along with fellow defender Jack Leckie. The latter is on track to return before Christmas.

Head coach Clayton Donaldson will check on the fitness of Ben Atkinson, who has been nursing an injury since the Brackley game.

How are Boston faring?

Boston United currently occupy tenth spot in the League. They’re only a point off the play-off places, but only five points above Farsley, so tight is the league table this season.
The Pilgrims sit in tenth position in the league but will be looking for an upturn in their away form. They have picked up just one win on their travels, a 2-0 victory at Southport in mid-August.
Boston are unbeaten in their last three League games having drawn 0-0 at Spennymoor last Saturday. They were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Scunthorpe and in the game before that they beat Gloucester at The Jakemans Community Stadium. They exited the FA Cup at the Fourth Qualifying Round stage, beaten 3-2 on the road by Northern Premier League outfit Worksop Town.

Last time we played Boston at home

The Celts slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Boston last September, as early goals from Zak Mills and Jake Wright secured three points for the visitors. The Celts felt they had enough chances to take something from the game, with Jimmy Spencer, Luke Parkin and Frank Mulhern all spurning chances and Boston keeper Sam Long pulling off a number of saves, the best coming from Isaac Assenso’s first-time effort. Read the match report here.

Tickets and supporter information

Admission is by payment at the turnstiles, or you can buy tickets in advance. All the latest ticket and match day information for supporters can be found here. We urge fans to park in the club car park wherever possible, and to park considerately out of respect for our neighbours if the car park is full.

Match day food

Pies are pork, chicken balti and meat & potato. Loaded fries are Korean chicken and BBQ pulled pork. Hot and cold drinks will also be available.