CONFERENCE North play-off semi-finalists Boston United are expected to give Stags a thorough examination at their compact York Street ground as the pre-season friendlies continue on Saturday (3pm).
Stags boss Paul Cox admitted he could have gone for League opposition instead, but feels Boston will provide his players with a much more accurate measuring stick of where they are right now.
“Boston will be very similar to sides we will come up against next season,” he said. “They are going to be up there near the top of their league next season so, standard-wise, would probably be mid-table in the Conference National.
“I could have pulled in a League club but I didn’t think it was the right kind of fixture as it could lull us into a false sense of where we are. Playing sides from three leagues above or three leagues below doesn’t give you a proper perspective.
“Like Halifax and Hednesford, Boston will be a ‘proper’ game for us.
Paul Bolland, who limped off with an ankle injury at Hednesford in midweek, will not play on Saturday though he now walking on it much better and the club are hopeful he may be back within a week.
Lindon Meikle will also sit it out with his ankle injury as the club err on the side of caution.
Former Stags striker Jason Lee is now joint-manager at Boston United along with Lee Canoville.