BROWNE ON THE BALL: Poor start? Great start? The next result can always turn things around

Scott Garner can't believe his luck at North Ferriby.
Scott Garner can't believe his luck at North Ferriby.

Mentioning no names, but about an hour before the Skrill North campaign kicked off I was discussing Boston United’s start to the season with a member of the Pilgrims’ camp.

Surrounded by four sides of blue seats at Edgeley Park, we talked about those first four matches: Stockport County away, AFC Telford United at home, Leamington at home and away at North Ferriby United.

A newly-put-together side kicking off against two relegated teams - incidentally the bookies’ two favourites for the title - looking for an instant return to the Conference Premier , before facing two newly-promoted teams, pumped up on adrenaline ahead of the new challenge.

It wasn’t going to be easy was it?

“If we can get four points from the opening two fixtures I’ll be delighted,” I was told. “But you look at the start we have and we could end up with no points at all.

“That wouldn’t be good, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world. They’re all tough matches.”

As it stands, United have now come through those opening four matches and have seven points in the bag.

They sit seventh in the table, with only five teams (including 12th-placed Solihull Moors) yet to taste defeat.

It could be worse, a lot worse. But it feels pretty bad following that heavy defeat at North Ferriby United, doesn’t it Pilgrims fans?

Yes, the long-ball game was about as exciting as a TV that’s stuck on the Yesterday channel. Yes, watching the Pilgrims outmuscled in midfield was about as pretty as putting Brian Blessed in a dress.

But at the end of the day, Monday’s result probably felt a lot worse than it was because the bar has already been set so high this season.

Monday’s defeat may also raise question marks regarding how an unchanged side can possibly be asked to play four matches in 10 days without tiring. It may also make you wonder whether this squad actually has enough depth.

But still, be thankful you’re not Gainsborough.

While that unnamed member of the United set-up was saying that zero points from four matches wouldn’t be the end of the world, I’m sure it hasn’t escaped Boston fans that the only team yet to get off the mark are their Lincolnshire rivals.

But with six days’ rest, there’s no reason why United can’t be back to their best when they host Worcester City on Saturday.

If North Ferriby can turn a 5-0 defeat to a 3-0 victory in three days, then beating Worcester is more than possible.

That would leave United with 10 points from five games - on track for their two-points-per-game target.

And if that happens, and results go United’s way elsewhere, then maybe that chap who I shall not name may even be an outside bet to scoop the Manager of the Month award.