BROWNE ON THE BALL: Calm down dear, there are 42 matches left

Ricky Miller.
Ricky Miller.

Well, that’s the season over and done with already.

I hope you’ve taken to social media to tell the Boston United players they’re not good enough.

I hope you’ve shredded your season ticket and thrown it at Dennis Greene in dusgust.

In seriousness, I hope you’ve done none of the above.

But the reaction to the Pilgrims’ 2-0 Lincs Senior Cup defeat to Gainsborough Trinity was just crazy from some corners.

A quick peek online and there’s just so much doom and gloom.

Yes, Boston were second best to Trinity throughout most of Saturday’s match.

And no, you can’t shrug it off as just a county cup game, especially when the Pilgrims heartily celebrated lifting the Lincs Shield at the Northolme last season.

But is it too soon to get carried away? Definitely.

Remember back in 2001-02 when the Pilgrims kicked off their season with a 1-0 home defeat to Margate?

I remember being in the pub after that game, surrounded by doommongers telling me it was going to be another useless season, that new signing Paul Ellender didn’t look anywhere near good enough.

That season the Pilgrims went on to win promotion to the Football League. And even if you want to argue that the campaign was tarnished by the court cases which followed, you certainly cannot say the arrival of Ellender was a flop.

Quite frankly, it’s far too early to be making huge judgements or sweeping statements about this squad.

Netan Sansara was unable to feature on Saturday, due to international clearance, Conor Marshall - who has looked a more complete player in pre-season - was injured and Gary Mills is still returning to his best, so this wasn’t the finished article on Saturday.

To paraphrase those awful Michael Winner adverts which used to be on TV, “calm down dear, the league campaign’s not kicked off yet.”

Remember when Norwich City were stuffed 7-1 at home to East Anglian rivals Colchester United on the opening day of the 2009-10 season? It would have been an awful feeling to be a Canary at that game.

Those fans who ran onto the pitch to throw their season tickets at manager Bryan Gunn didn’t look at the bigger picture.

That was purely the wake-up call that saw changes made and City go on to win back-to-back promotions and return to the Premier League.

And what about Kidderminster Harriers last season?

They kicked off their Blue Square Bet Premier campaign with five straight defeats, followed by five straight draws. It wasn’t until the 11th match of the season that they earned their first victory - and they still managed to finish second, eight points above third-placed Newport County.

Fans have every right to show their displeasure if they believe they are being short changed.

But there are still all 42 games left to play this season, with a squad still gelling.

Surely, it’s too soon to pass judgement?