“If you told me we’d be in this position when I started I’d probably have taken it,” reflects Mark Angel.
Less than five months after his taking charge of his first-ever match as a manager, the Boston Town boss can look at his squad sitting in 17th place in the UCL Premier, preparing for the semi-finals of the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy and still very much in the UCL Knockout Cup.
And to boot, he is also the proud owner of November’s UCL Premier Manager of the Month trophy.
“I’m an ambitous person and want to go far in management, but it’s the players who deserve the credit,” Angel said, when asked about his trophy.
Although things are looking promising at the DWB Stadium, the league standing may not be quite as high as the manager would have liked, particularly as he began the season calling for a top-six finish.
However, he has plenty of confidence that this can be turned around.
“We’ve had a few good cup runs as well and we’ve got games in hand,” he added.
“And there’s not a lot of points between us and the teams a bit above us. I’m sure that if we win a few more games,a nd our games in hand, we can be up there.”
But after spending the majority of his career in and around the Football League, life in the lower tiers takes some getting used to for Angel.
“It was hard coming into the job for the first time, and the hardest bit I’ve found so far is bringing players in,” he said.
“With what they ask for and other clubs are paying, we can’t always afford the players we want.
“But what we have is players who play for pride and because they want to win.
“They’re Boston lads who want to play for the club and do well, and you can’t buy that.”
The Poachers - looking for their first silverware since 2009 - will be favourites to win their county cup semi-final, as they travel to Stamford to face UCL Division One outfit Blackstones on Wednesday, January 20.
In the last 16 of the UCL Knockout Cup, the Poachers will travel to Northampton Sileby Rangers, with a date yet to be confirmed.