Boston United can’t afford to have another ‘disappointing’ season, says defender Tom Ward.
The 22-year-old was a part of the Pilgrims squad which underachieved last campaign, finishing in 16th spot in the Blue Square Bet North.
“It was disappointing. It wasn’t a successful season,” Ward told The Standard.
“We let ourselves down on numerous occasions.”
It may have been a campaign where the Pilgrims beat runaway champions Chester, as well as recording victories at the expense of promoted FC Halifax Town and highflying Brackley Town.
But that only papered over the cracks of a season that was mostly below par.
Inconsistency saw mangers Jason Lee and Graham Drury both sacked before Dennis Greene was brought in, winning his first four matches as boss.
Graham Hyde also stood in as caretaker boss for two contests.
“Having so many managers didn’t help, as they all had different ideas,” Ward added.
“But we’ve still got to take a lot of the blame.
“A lot of the players felt they let Jason down. And when Graham came in, we didn’t really get going. We let him down as well.
“It was a strange time when Graham was here. He kept telling me I would go on to be one of the best players in the division, but I still wasn’t getting many minutes.
“I didn’t know where I stood really, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t all give our best.
“We wanted the club to do well.
“We had a squad that was good enough to finish in the play-offs, but it didn’t happen. We let ourselves down.”
Ward is now preparing for his third season with the Pilgrims first team.
And he believes getting off to a good start could see a transformation in fortunes.
“I believe we’re good enough to finish in the top five, I really do,” he said.
“We’ve got to aim to be thereabouts in the top half straight away and kick on from there.
“I’m a big believer that being successful makes players play better.
“If we’re all confident we can all bring the best out in each other.”
Ward, however, will no-longer line up alongside his pal and fellow defender Nathan Stainfield, after he opted to joing UCL Premier promotion hopefuls Spalding United.
The defender was offered terms to remain at York Street for the upcoming Conference North campaign and, at the end of last season, he stated he was keen to remain a Pilgrim.
However, The Standard understands the player, who was brought up in Swineshead, was told he would not be in manager Dennis Greene’s starting plans.