ANTHONY Church says Boston United have the mental edge going into the Blue Square Bet North play-offs... suggesting some teams could bottle their big chance at promotion.
The Pilgrims midfielder says that there is a winning mentality at York Street that could prove too strong for the division’s top teams.
“Some people can’t handle the pressure of playing in a big game. But we’ve been there and we’ve done it,” said Church, who was part of the Pilgrims squad that won the UniBond Premier play-off final last season.
“If you’ve spent your career not winning things then you can get a mental block, going out there worrying about what could go wrong or being unlucky.
“That mentality means you go out with that belief that you may not win, but that doesn’t affect us.”
Victory over Blyth Spartans on Saturday would virtually assure the Pilgrims of a place in the play-offs.
But such is the confidence in the United camp that Church – who also won the UniBond play-off final with Ilkeston the season before United’s success - is already looking beyond the final three matches of the league campaign.
He added: “Personally, I want it to be the play-offs now. I don’t want to play these next few games, I just want it to be play-off week.
“We only need one more win to secure our place there, so let’s get down to it, to the business end of the season. Let’s give it a real go.
“Promotion is all we want - simple as that.”
Boston coach Jason Lee has already set his sights on a second-place finish, handing his side the advantage of hosting the final, were they to get that far. Church, however, remains a firm believer that the Pilgrims will be a match for whoever, wherever.
“If you want to get promoted then you have to beat whoever’s in front of you,” he told The Standard.
“It’s relatively similar at the top. They’re all well-organised teams.
“But were a good match for anyone. I’d take any of the teams in the top five and, over two legs, I’d back us to do it and then do well in the final.
“We are the team that plays better against better teams and we’ll be playing teams that will come at us and not just sit back.”
l UNITED were looking to lift their first silverware of the season last night as they hosted Stamford in the Lincs Senior Shield.
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