BROWNE ON THE BALL: Boston United’s Mark Jones can be deadly, just ask Dennis Greene

Mark Jones.
Mark Jones.

If anybody knows what Mark Jones can do at his best then it’s Dennis Greene.

The striker hit the ground running after joining Boston United ahead of the 2012-13 season, scoring 14 times in 21 starts and eight appearances from the bench.

That return of virtually one goal in every other game is the kind of statistic which pretty much every striker in any league would be proud of.

Three of those goals came in the 6-0 demolition of Histon, a performance which saw him leave York Street with the match ball and a bottle of champagne, earned for his man-of-the-match performance.

Can you guess who the Histon boss was that day?

Yep, of course you can. It was a certain Mr Dennis Greene.

Having seen what Jones is capable of, you can understand why the Boston boss has gambled on bringing the forward back to the club.

The Pilgrims are desperately in need of a spark which may reignite a few fires in a few bellies.

And Jones himself appears to be in need of a fresh challenge.

Those goals he scored so freely for Boston didn’t come anywhere near as regularly after he made the mid-season switch to Gainsborough Trinity.

That saw him move on to Spalding United, where he scored 12 goals in as many games as the Tulips dominatd the United Counties League Premier Division last campaign.

However, after picking up a knee injury, Jones is yet to find the net this campaign.

Like Dayle Southwell and a fully fit Marc Newsham, Jones is a proven goalscorer when presented with an opportunity.

However, right now United aren’t really creating many clear-cut opportunities for their strikers.

And therein lies the conundrum.

Boston have been spoiled with Ricky Miller, an energetic forward who can take it upon himself to drop deep, collect the ball at his feet, turn to goal and sprint forward in a bid to make things happen.

But he’s a freak. There aren’t many Ricky Millers out there.

Most forwards live off the balls fed into them.

And if the supply isn’t there then, as has been proven recently, the strikers won’t be banging the goals in regularly.

The old addage states you should never go back, but who knows whether Jones’ return to Boston will be as happy as his first stint?

Many of those players whose passes he lapped up are no-longer pulling on the amber shirt.

But, perhaps, the club and player are a perfect fit and both can relive happier times yet again together, with Jones back to his best after connecting swiftly with the latest crop of midfielders.

Until he returns to the United side, we have no idea just how potent Mark Jones will be.

But knowing what he is capable of means he certainly deserves his chance.

He certainly deserves the benefit of the doubt.