BROWNE ON THE BALL: Can Boston United add value on the road?

Carl Piergianni in action as Boston beat Harrogate 5-2.
Carl Piergianni in action as Boston beat Harrogate 5-2.

You could argue that a Boston United season ticket is offering good value for money right now.

With 26 goals scored and 16 points picked up from the past six home matches, the Pilgrims are flying.

Lowestoft, Colwyn Bay, Guiseley, Bradford Park Avenue and Harrogate Town have all been right royally thumped since Boxing Day... each hit for five.

Meanwhile, Stockport County must surely still be questioning how they managed to be the only team in that sequence to leave the Jakemans Stadium with a point after being second best throughout their fixture.

Yep, York Street is agreat place to be for Boston United fans right now.

But if the Pilgrims are to finish inside the Vanarama North’s coveted top five spots then home form alone will not see them through.

Indeed, they need to start picking up more points on the road.

In this week’s Boston Standard manager Dennis Greene describes the juxtaposition between the home and away form as ‘mind boggling’ - stating that he sets his teams up to win in the same manner no matter whether they’re in front of their own fans or on their travels.

But the fact of the matter is that, away from the Jakemans Stadium, Boston United just aren’t finding the net anywhere near as regularly.

To date, the Pilgrims have played 17 matches at home and 16 away.

The goals conceded seem pretty similar - having shipped 24 at home and 23 on their travels.

But the goals scored are the telling difference.

The Pilgrims have netted 20 times outside of Boston, but a whopping 41 times on home soil.

And it’s those goals which have proved the difference between victory and defeat as United have won nine matches and picked up 31 points at the Jakemans Stadium, a stark contrast to their five wins and 20 points around the grounds.

The fact that United have won just one of their past 10 away matches does not make happy reading.

After putting their slow home start behind them, the Pilgrims have turned into an uncompromising beast at home - a relentless goalscoring machine which brushes aside almost anything in front of them.

If they can rediscover that form on the team bus then this season really could be a memorable one - not just for those fans with season tickets, but for those making the away day trips too.