PAUL Bastock is backing his Boston United teammates to secure promotion from the Blue Square Bet North.
The 40-year-old keeper made his first appearance at York Street in six years on Saturday, and he liked what he saw.
“We’ve got nothing to fear this season,” he said.
“From what I’ve seen in training, these boys are a great set of lads and have real togetherness.
“The way they’ve played football in training is second to none.
“People have seen glimpses of that (against Worcester) – and if we can keep people on front foot, going forward, then we’ll have no problems at the back.”
It was a tactic that serves Bastock well on Saturday as he had little to do.
Apart from claiming a few crosses he was rarely called into action and didn’t have a save to make as United dominated.
“I’ll take games like that until the end of the season and into the play-offs,” Bastock joked.
However, despite his years of experience and 600-plus performances for the Pilgrims in his previous spell, Bastock admitted to a few nerves on Saturday.
Instead of making the usual 8am dash from his house to previous club St Albans, Bastock – who lives in Boston – discovered he had time to think about the game on Saturday.
“I wasn’t up and out first thing in the morning,” he continued.
“There was a lot of pressure. The trouble is you get time to think when you’re close to the ground.
“I was getting petulant and excited and the legs were a little heavy at first.
“But I got a fantastic reception from the crowd.”
Bastock is now hoping for more victories for United as they bid to make the top five come the end of the season, saying: “If we can go on winning it puts you in a great position and it gets you that winning mentality.”