BROWNE ON THE BALL: I made the wrong Kall over Boston United winger Smith

Kallum Smith in action against Histon.
Kallum Smith in action against Histon.

WELL stick some barbecue sauce on my hat and I’ll eat it.

Then I’ll wash that down with a big slice of humble pie.

I’ve got to admit it, I was wrong. Very wrong.

What am I talking about?

I’m talking about Kallum Smith.

Last season I was totally unimpressed with the Boston United winger.

So much so, I spent the summer telling pals it was a ridiculous decision to axe Ryan Semple while keeping the youngster on the club’s books.

I think I ashamedly described him as looking like Frodo Baggins, but with less impressive feet.

I’ll stand by the low ratings I dished out to him on these pages late last season.

I believe I was right by failing to be impressed by his performances after his transfer from Lincoln United.

He played four times and Boston only won one of those games. The one where he appeared as a late sub.

He didn’t change any game he played in. He made little, if any, impact.

But where I was wrong was where I took it upon myself to write him off.

Last season, Kallum Smith was a teenage lad who made a step up from Evo-Stik to Blue Square North level, not an easy thing to do so late in the campaign.

He was thrust into a side that had nothing really to play for, and wasn’t playing well either.

Fast forward to the new campaign and suddenly he’s a different player.

The opening two matches of the campaign saw him perform out of his skin.

The Hinckley match was a different matter, but on a day where the whole team underachieves, a winger can often be excused.

He is suddenly playing with confidence. He looks a totally different player.

He’s daring to beat opponents, and doing so with regularity. He’s creating chances, setting up four goals in the drubbing of Histon. He even wins headers.

“People shouldn’t be surprised,” said manager Jason Lee.

“He came in late and had a couple of games at the back end last season, but I had him in mind for this season.”

In mind is an understatement. With Jason Stokes and Joe French after the same spot, Smith’s done exceptionally well to make it his three out of four matches so far.

Of course, it is still early days.

I believe Ryan Semple should have been kept on at the club because, despite his long-term injury last campaign, I feel he was a consistent performer.

Few wingers are, and that is now what Smith has to show. He can’t rest on these laurels, he has to improve.

But so far, he has done that and I’ve been very, very wrong.

I’m happy to eat my hat.

Just pass me the cutlery.