“Very strange!” Stamford keeper Bastock to face former club Boston United

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Stamford stopper Paul Bastock admits it will be a strange feeling lining up against Boston United this afternoon.

The 46-year-old has made more than 1,000 senior appearances in an impressive career between the sticks.

Action from Stamford AFC's win over Grimsby Town in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-160714-105405001

Action from Stamford AFC's win over Grimsby Town in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-160714-105405001

But he has only ever once come up against the club he helped win two promotions to reach the Football League, and that was for Kettering before he went on to make more than 650 starts for the Pilgrims.

“It’s going to be strange. Very strange,” Bastock said.

“All those games I’ve played away from Boston, and never come up against them (since leaving).

“But I’m massively looking forward to it, we all are.

“Stamford have put together a team which was going to look stronger in the division above. But after having our reprieve taken away from us we have a very good squad for our division and we want to make sure we hit the ground running.

“It might also be a chance for me to show that, when the club let me go, it wasn’t the right thing to do.”

Today’s pre-season friendly between the Northern Premier League Division One South Daniels and National League North Boston will be played at the Zeeco Stadium, sparing Bastock the bizarre feeling of preparing for a game in the away dressing room at York Street.

Bastock’s former goalkeeping deputy Martyn Bunce is the Pilgrims’ assistant manager and, along with boss Dennis Greene, they have brought in 12 fresh faces this summer.

Although those lining up for Boston may not be familiar - apart from Boston reserve stopper Michael Emery, who also lives in the town - Bastock is still up for the game.

“Obviously, I know Bunny and Dennis, people behind the scenes and a lot of the fans,” Bazza added.

“I might not know many of the players, but it’s still Boston.

“It will be a strange one.”

Kick off will be at 3pm.