BROWNE ON THE BALL: High-five for predictable Pilgrims

Happy man! Dennis Greene.
Happy man! Dennis Greene.

It was a weekend for eyebrow-raising shocks.

In the FA Cup we saw Cambridge United hold Manchester United to a goalless draw, Championship side Middlesbrough leave moneybags Manchester City with an upset and Bradford City come from 2-0 behind to beat a Jose Mourinho-led Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge - something which is unheard of among the world’s best teams, let alone a League One outfit.

Perhaps even more amazing than those three events combined, Aston Villa scored twice in the same match.

But while punters’ accumulators were being busted across the country, it was just a case of business as usual at Boston United.

For the third home contest in a row the Pilgrims scored their customary five goals and picked up yet another three points. It’s all becoming a bit obvious and boring now, isn’t it?

I mean, it’s not like scoring five at home in January is much of a shock these days either is it?

This campaign’s 5-3 Boxing Day victory against Lowestoft has been followed up since the New Year by wins against Colwyn Bay (5-0) and Gusieley (5-1).

Last year it was the same old story as United breezed past Workington (5-3) and Vauxhall Motors (5-2).

Basically, replace Ricky Miller with Dayle Southwell and it’s the same old script but with a different actor playing the heroic lead.

Come on Boston, we love football because upsets do happen, not because history keeps repeating itself.

Okay, I’ m being facetious.

Unless you’re a Real Madrid or Barcelona fan, five-goal salvos are always something to savour, not just another home match.

And that should be the same for Boston, even if there have actually been plenty of further parallels between this season and last.

Take, for example the bright, unbeaten start ended after four matches by North Ferriby, the bleak points tally in December (a month which again included an FA Trophy exit), just the one win in the FA Cup, loanees aplenty from Sunderland, a turnover of goalkeepers and Scott Garner celebrating like he’s just won the World Cup every time he finds the net.

Indeed, United ended both 2014 and 2013 with exactly the same number of points in the standings - 34.

But while last season saw the Pilgrims’ resurgent second-half to the campaign fall just short - you can’t forget that frustrating final day at Worcester City, can you? - there is a strong belief in the Boston camp that a top five finish is more than achievable this time around.

Following Saturday’s brushing aside of Guiseley, manager Dennis Greene went on the record as saying he is currently managing the strongest squad he has compiled at Boston United.

And Greene is not alone in that boast, a number of senior figures in the dressing room have also made that claim in recent weeks.

Yes, there are a few issues of consistency, especially against the mid-table sides.

But as these past three home matches, just like the victories against Chorley, Fylde and Barrow, have proven, on their day United can be a match for anyone.

At the Jakemans Stadium in recent weeks, United have been having more of these days.

Consistency, beginning against Stockport on Saturday, is now key.

A fourth consecutive five-goal spree would be highly unlikely - but picking up three points isn’t.