FORMER York City striker Reece Thompson will be out to shoot down his old club for Boston United this weekend.

Thompson, 24, has joined the Pilgrims on loan and has netted two times in four outings for the Lincolnshire side.

Both of those efforts came during a 2-2 Lincolnshire Senior Cup draw at Gainsborough Trinity, although Thompson went on to have a penalty saved as the hosts clinched a shoot-out success.

The Worksop-born forward incensed City supporters last season with his over-zealous celebrations in front of the David Longhurst Stand when he scored the only goal for visitors North Ferriby during a disappointing New Year’s Day defeat.

Ferriby would end the season bottom of the table, but the importance of Thompson’s goal was magnified as the Minstermen missed out on National League survival by a point at the end of the campaign.

Thompson was signed from Frickley Athletic by former boss Russ Wilcox in the summer of 2015 after he scored a spectacular goal as a trialist against Newcastle United in pre-season.

He went on to make a promising start to that Football League campaign, netting three goals in his first seven outings, but left without a goal in his last ten Minstermen matches, having missed five months of the season due to an unexplained “long-term illness”.

His last appearance for City came as a 69th-minute substitute in last season’s 4-1 August win over Woking.

Shortly afterwards, he moved to Ferriby, where he mustered 12 goals in 38 matches, more than anybody at City, other than leading marksman Jon Parkin.

Following a summer move to Guiseley, though, he has not been as prolific, failing to score in 11 National League games after his opening-day effort during a 2-2 home draw with Ebbsfleet.

That has led to his move to Boston, where it is hoped Thompson will bolster an attack, which has seen 21-year-old, former MK Dons striker Kabongo Tschimanga top his team’s goalscoring charts with nine goals.

Thompson will not be joined by another former City player Taron Hare in the home side this weekend with the latter currently on loan at Gainsborough Trinity until the end of the year.

Others doubtful through injury include Liam Wakefield, Bradley Beaston, Harry Vince and Jordan Keane, but attacker Tyrell Waite is available again after being cup-tied for the Pligrims’ FA Trophy third qualifying round home clash and replay defeat at Kidderminster on Tuesday.

Boston entertain City without a win in their last seven home games since edging a 2-1 triumph over bottom-of-the-table Ferriby on September 5.

They have also enjoyed just one victory in 12 fixtures – last month’s 2-0 triumph at Leamington.

Those stats have contributed to Boston’s second-bottom standing in National League North – 11 points clear of Ferriby, but four adrift of a place outside the relegation zone.

Adam Murray was also replaced as manager by Craig Elliott a fortnight ago.

The latter has guided Barnsley-based Shaw Lane to three promotions in four years having previously taken the helm at Glasshoughton Welfare and Ossett Town.

He will be in charge of his first league game after overseeing the Lincolnshire Cup and Trophy exits.