BROWNE ON THE BALL: Changes have been made, but now Boston United’s results must improve

New in! Anton Foster.
New in! Anton Foster.

As Bob Dylan would put it: “They times they are a-changin’”

After Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stalybridge Celtic, Paul Lister - one of three Boston United home debutants that day - came out of the tunnel for the warm down and let out a deep breath.

Despite an important assist which led to his side’s opener, he was frustrated with the result.

But one positive was that, after two full training sessions, he now knew a little bit about his teammates.

“I was calling the right back Ben all last week,” admitted the defender, who was hurled on after Phil Watt’s injury at Guiseley early in the first half, having only signed for the club the day before.

“It turns out his name is Conor.”

Indeed, transition is currently the buzz word coming out of York Street.

Manager Graham Drury says it, his players say it, some of the fans are saying it, you’ll probably hear it coming from the ladies at the snack bar next home game.

In recent weeks this club’s playing personnel has been through more changes than Victoria Beckham’s wardrobe, as Drury looks to cast aside the squad members who don’t fit into his plans and bring in some players he believes have a future at the Jakemans Stadium.

With the number of players coming and going (eight in and seven out in different guises in the past 10 matches), it would be hard to find an observer who agrees with every single decision the manager has made.

But it would be tough to argue that the likes of Anton Foster and Paul Mayo have brought some much-needed experience and cool heads to the team.

Lister and Phil Watt both look like they can develop into very good signings as well.

Although I quite admire Drury’s willingness to act sooner rather than later, the one glaring downside to so many changes is that the team will take longer to gel.

This is now happening and performances have been much better since that 7-1 assault at Altrincham (draws against Gainsborough and Stalybridge, plus a narrow defeat at high flying Guiseley).

Yes, things are improving in that aspect.

But sadly, regular victories are still escaping this side.

Just two teams (Oxford City and Colwyn Bay) have been beaten during Drury’s 10-match tenure.

And suddenly, the league table doesn’t make such happy reading.

In honesty, there’s more chance of a pig with wings flapping past the Boston Standard office than the Pilgrims finishing in the top five this season.

Therefore, writing the campaign off and experimenting to ensure the club can hit the ground running in August seems reasonably sensible.

But then a quick peek at the league table shows that United aren’t totally in the clear.

The Blue Square Bet North is so open that United are (I write before Tuesday night’s fixtures) eight points off the play-offs and 15 off the drop zone.

It would be rational to assume United are safe.

That is, unless you can remember Lincoln City’s fine impression of a lead balloon in 2010-11 - winning just once in their final 14 matches to drop out of the Football League on the final day of the season.

The sides below United all have games in hand, although it would be a long shot to expect them all to pick up maximum points.

To be honest, you would have to be a doom and gloom monger to entertain the idea of this side slumping that far so quickly.

But it is now up to the side to prove they are too good to go down by winning some more matches.

The transition is done, now this newly-assembled team must prove their worth.