BROWNE ON THE BALL: Mum’s the word for man-of-the-moment Felix

Kaine Felix.
Kaine Felix.

Sat in the Chorley dug-out and reflecting on his side’s 2-1 victory, Kaine Felix had a few things to admit to.

He confessed that his strike, which effectively sealed the three points, was in fact intended as a cross.

The winger spoke candidly about his performances earlier this season, claiming they were not to the standards he had hoped.

And he also revealed that an early-morning pep talk inspired him to put in arguably his best performance in a Pilgrims shirt - scoring one and teeing up the other perfectly for Dayle Southwell to head home from close range.

But that chat didn’t come from manager Dennis Greene.

It wasn’t even some friendly advice from captain Scott Garner.

“My mum was sat there this morning and she told me to go out and get a goal and a couple of assists,” Felix said.

“I got a goal and an assist, so I’m just buzzing about that.”

As he reflected on that morning’s chat, a smile came across Felix’s face, as if he could almost picture himself returning home and passing on the tales of his fulfilling day’s work.

Victory Park may be one of the Vanarama North’s oldest stadiums, its sturdy teraces a wonderful throwbackto an era of football which is sadly being lost to the modern style of neccessary but not always impressive purpose-built stadiums.

But in those historic surroundings, Felix revealed that deep down he is still a young man, albeit one with a bright future.

Felix is a teenager, he is still finding his feet having played just 12 matches at this level and - on top of that - he is also a winger.

Any one of those factors on their own could suggest that his performances are going to be hit and miss at times.

So when, after being handed a two-year contract in the summer, it was hardly a surprise that he failed to instantly live up to the hype which accompanied his quick-footed pre-season displays week-in and week-out.

But perhaps too much was expected of him anyway.

That lightning pace and ability to change a game in the moment saw him lauded as the replacement for Ricky Miller.

But as United have discovered this season, players like Miller come your way once in a blue moon (or twice, in his case).

Felix, however, remains fortunate that in Dennis Greene the 19-year-old has a manager who is fully aware of his ability, having previously managed his raw talent at St Neots.

Greene knows that Felix can produce those flashes of brilliance like his cross in Chorley or that penalty he won at Colwyn Bay, and realises that such a young talent and temperament has to be slowly nurtured - hence giving him a contract at the club that only Carl Piergianni can match in terms of longevity.

Over the past two weeks, Felix has showed exactly why he can be a big player in Boston United’s future.

As a wide player there’ll be times he frustrates, just as he excites.

But as the youngster is knowledgeable enough to admit that there is still work to do on his game before he reaches his full potential, the first part of the battle has already been won.

There could well be many more stories for an excited Felix to share with his mum in the years to come.