Boston United’s ‘incredible’ strikeforce are potent enough to rival the best forwards in the Skrill North, says manager Dennis Greene.
Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Altrincham saw the Pilgrims move up to third in the standings, and also finish the day as the division’s leading scorers, having netted 27 times in 13 contests.
When asked if his front line of Marc Newsham, Spencer Weir-Daley and Ricky Miller - who now have 22 goals between them - are among the Skrill North’s best, Greene told The Standard: “Without a doubt, we’re the highest scorers in the league.
“They’re just incredible aren’t they?
“They’re all centre forwards in their own right, but I’ve asked them to play in a 4-3-3 and they’ve picked up what we’re asking of them.
“And because of that they’re a constant problem.”
Perhaps it was ironic that on Saturday Weir-Daley was the only striker on target, his finish sandwiched between goals from defenders Conor Marshall and Scott Garner.
But the link-up play between United’s midfield and front line caused Altrincham problems from start to finish.
And had it not been for a number of stops from Stuart Coburn, Boston could quite easily have taken their tally to more than 30.
Marshall handed Boston an eighth-minute lead when his strike on the turn took a wicked deflection off the boot of Scott Leather.
A superb free kick, full of whip and dip, from Shaun Densmore drew the Robins level three minutes before the interval, but Boston were back in front before half time.
Miller’s pace and determination took him to the by-line and Weir-Daley’s positioning and cool finish ensured the cut-back nestled nicely in the net in the fifth minute of time added on.
Garner appeared to have wrapped up the contest with a quarter of an hour remaining when his strike, following Ben Milnes’ cross and Stefan Galinski’s knock down, forced its way over the goal-line.
But James Walshaw set up a tense finish with an 82nd-minute header which had pace and exquisite accuracy.
At the death, Altrincham’s Greg Wilkinson toe-poked a strike way off target and Ashley Timms also did well to deny Densmore.
But three points were certainly what Boston deserved from a contest where Carl Piergianni saw a header cleared off the line, Weir-Daley struck the foot of the post and Miller forced Coburn into two fine stops.
The Robins keeper also pulled off a spectacular one-handed save to deny Ian Ross a goal from 35 yards out.