King's Lynn Town boss wary of Boston United backlash in National League North derby on New Year's Day
Linnets manager Ian Culverhouse is wary of a backlash from an in-form Boston United team when the two teams clash for the second time in the space of the week on New Year's Day.
The Linnets travel to the Jakemans Stadium on Wednesday having edged out the Pilgrims 1-0 thanks to a late Michael Gash goal at The Walks on Boxing Day.
But Culverhouse is well aware that the Lincolnshire outfit, who are still sitting pretty in the table with games in hand, will be hell-bent on revenge when they lock horns in the return National League North fixture.
Culverhouse said: "They will come out all guns blazing and we've got to be ready for that.
"We've got to stand up against what they throw at us in the opening 20 minutes. They were the better team against us at home until the sending off.
"They've got a good squad there and I expect them to be challenging at the end of the season.
"It's a great football ground and they are an established club, but we will go there and enjoy it and I'm sure this group of players will rise to the challenge."
The Linnets, who are now unbeaten in their last 12 games in all competitions, have started the second half of their league campaign in excellent style.
They followed up their Boxing Day success over the Pilgrims by picking up a valuable point on the road in a 2-2 draw at Alfreton on Saturday.
It stretched their advantage at the top of the table to four points as Culverhouse takes Lynn's tough fixture list in blocks of 10.
"I have been told this next 10 games will sort the men from the boys," said Culverhouse, whose side will also face promotion rivals York City, Chester and Spennymoor Town before the end of January.
"We have achieved the objective at the start of the season of staying in the league, we have enough points to stay up.
"That is one ticked off. Now this next 10 games will define where we are going to be and if we come out at the right end of it after 10, still in touch, we will give it a go until the end.
"We have nothing to lose, there is no pressure on us, we are punching well above our weight."
The Lynn chief has his eyes on a couple of new faces as the club look to continue to defy the odds at the top of the league standings.
"We will look, but like I have always said, it has to be the right fit," admitted Culverhouse.
"We have a couple of targets written down, we have spoken to a couple and it is just getting permission from the chairman. We will sit down in the next week or two and see what we can do.
"At the end of the day this group will go on. If we don't bring anyone in and we don't lose anyone, you have seen what they have done for 20-odd games and they will go again because that is the beauty of this group, but if we can help them and bring in a couple of people to help the squad it is only going to benefit them."
Linnets supporters attending the game at Boston United on Wednesday will be housed in the York Street stand and will enter the stadium via turnstiles 3, 3A and 4.