BROWNE ON THE BALL: Drury’s words aim to give Trinity the Blues as Boston United show they want Jones to stay

Mark Jones.
Mark Jones.

On Saturday Paul Holden made a remarkable returnto Boston United following his Christmas Day heart attack.

Spencer Weir-Daley was presented with a trophy to mark his 50 goals for Boston.

There was a minute’s applause in memory of Boston United Community Club player Callum Pite, who tragically lost his battle with cancer.

Jordan Nuttell made his debut. New boy Anton Foster put in a solid shift, as did defender Phil Watt.

Plenty of things to discuss, some of which put sport truly into perspective.

But after the match there was one thing dominating the chatter from the fans.

Mark Jones was the big story, and not just because he stands 6 feet 3 inches tall.

Gainsborough Trinity have put in a seven-day approach for the striker, and it’s kicked off a war of words.

United boss Graham Drury will not have made any friends at the Northolme when he made those very deliberate comments about Trinity being a small club in contrast to United.

Deliberate? Yes. Firstly, he wants his own fans on side with a bit of chest beating.

Secondly, his barbed words made the decision to go much harder for Jones (and who would want to lose a 14-goal forward?).

Drury compared the fanbases between the two Lincolnshire rivals, and that is a no-contest in Boston’s favour.

He then threw in the line that ‘the only reason Mark Jones would leave would be for money’.

This is attempting to make his striker feel as if he has no choice but to stay, that the only reason he would leave was if he was a cash-chasing mercenary.

Big-spending Gainsborough persuaded Jamie Yates and Shane Clarke to move to the Blue part of the county in the summer of 2011 for improved salaries, and we all know how well that went down here.

Today, Trinity are allowed to officially speak to Jones.

If he answers his phone then the offer put to him will be a very tempting one.

They’d love nothing more than to get one over United, to put a big dent in their rivals’ strike force.

Drury’s words make it tough for Jones to even contemplate leaving the club.

But what the striker has said himself will make a move away even harder.

In press and radio interviews, he firmly pledged his allegiance to Boston.

Joining Gainsborough now may make him look like a mercenary and a man whose word can’t be trusted... but not neccessarily.

He could argue footballing reasons are why he wants out. Trinity are in the play-off spots, Boston are not.

Trinity are in the last eight of the FA Trophy, Boston are not (although Jones would be cup-tied anyway).

But would joining Trinity guarantee Jones anymore playing time? Would it help his ambitions?

Would a wage hike compensate for doubling his travelling time three times per week?

These are the decisions the forward now has to make.

However, Drury and the United fans on Twitter have made it very clear they want him to stay.