New Boston United manager Craig Elliott is raring to go ahead of his first match in charge of the Pilgrims on Saturday.

United head to Harrogate Town, one of Elliott’s former clubs as a player, for his first game at the Pilgrims’ helm having been appointed to his new role on Sunday afternoon.

The 39-year-old left his position as manager of Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division high-flyers Shaw Lane to become Adam Murray’s permanent successor at The Jakemans Stadium.

Elliott guided the Ducks to three promotions in his four full seasons with the Barnsley-based club and left them fourth in the Evo-Stik League, having also enjoyed a run to the first round of the Emirates FA Cup earlier in the month.

He said: “I am extremely excited and I am privileged to be manager of Boston United. I cannot wait to get started.

“I had four great years at Shaw Lane with some great memories, including cup runs and promotions and I have met some great people.

“Leaving Shaw Lane was a tough decision but I am excited about the new challenge.

“I said to the Shaw Lane chairman that there are only a handful of clubs that would turn my head and Boston are in that category.”

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