BROWNE ON THE BALL: Are Boston United picking up the pace?

Dennis Greene.
Dennis Greene.

What do Boston United under Dennis Greene, Mo Farrah at London 2012 and The Usual Suspects have in common?

They all end very strongly indeed.

That’s right, the Brit runner pounding down the track to share the Mo-Bot with us all, the brilliant unveiling of the deadly Keyser Soze and the Pilgrims in the past two campaigns mean we have three things you can’t afford to write off early.

Boston United currently sit fifth in the National League North but, with a blank weekend and all those teams around them with games in hand, there’s certainly a sense that were will be some leapfrogging in the standings this Saturday.

But just because Greene’s side may slip out of the play-off spots, it doesn’t mean their hopes of promotion are over.

Far from it.

Indeed, United’s promotion rivals have some tricky derbies over the coming festive period.

That isn’t to say that the Pilgrims have things easy (remember their draw at Lowestoft last year?), but they certainly have some preferable fixtures in which they hope they can pick up points while their foes drop a few.

But history also shows us that Greene’s United sides are a bit like Donkey Kong in MarioKart - they take a while to build up momentum, but when they get going it takes something serious to stop them.

Last season the Pilgrims finished third in the league with 72 points.

Despite three straight wins to kick off the campaign, they only gleaned 31 points from their opening 21 matches (W8, D7, L6).

In contrast, 41 of those points came in the home straight (W12, D5, L4).

The season before, Greene’s first full one as Boston boss, there was a similar story, and not just because they ended with 72 points.

The opening 21 fixtures saw United claim 34 points (W9, D7, L5) and although the second half wasn’t as staggeringly different, it still brought improvement with 38 points (W11, D5, L5).

And there’s also proof that these two United sides certainly aren’t ones to choke when questions are asked.

From the final 10 matches of the normal campaign last season, United were unbeaten - picking up seven wins and three draws.

The season before, they lost just one, the final day of the season at Worcester City, but still gave them some hope of a top-five finish on that day with a run of five wins and four draws.

Right now Boston sit fifth in the National League North, with 36 points from 22 matches.

They’re one point below their tally of this stage last season, but with injury woes clearing up and Greene adamant that he now has his best-ever Boston squad at his disposal, it would be foolish to write them off.