BROWNE ON THE BALL: the greatest goal, shortest stay, biggest mistake and more - that was Boston United’s season, that was

Most improved? Conor Marshall gets my vote
Most improved? Conor Marshall gets my vote

Well - faster than you can say Kern Miller - that’s pretty much another season come and gone.

With just one league match left to play - and sadly, nothing to play for - Boston United’s Blue Square Bet North campaign will come to a close after Saturday’s home clash with Brackley Town.

Of course, come five o’clock there will be the small matter of announcing the Player of the Year and the other awards that are to be dished out.

So, before then, let’s add to the ever-increasing amount of gongs that are handed out with the Boston United Alternative Awards:

Player of the Year: For me, without a doubt, it’s Marc Newsham. Always reliable and has scored 29 times in a mid-table side.

Goal of the Year: Ian Ross’ finishes against Gainsborough and Bishop’s Stortford are ones to savour.

But the best goal was Ben Fairclough’s second against Chester. A neat touch to flick over the keeper before setting himself and curling home from a difficult angle, 20 yards from goal. Pure class.

Manager of the Year: Four to choose from this season. Jason Lee masterminded those victories over Chester and Halifax, plus the biggest victory of the season (6-0 v Histon) while Dennis Greene has brought some belief to the club that has seemingly been missing for some time. They can share this.

Mistake of the Year: Letting Gareth Jelleyman leave was pretty daft. But, sadly, this has to go to Mark Jones.

Despite warnings from teammates that the grass isn’t always greener, the forward opted to leave for Gainsborough Trinity.

Since then, he’s often watched from the sides as the Blues have plummeted out of the top five, and now chairman Peter Swann has announced the budget looks set to be slashed by up to 80 per cent. Ouch!

Cameo of the Year: This has to be Steve Spriggs. Steve who? Well, arriving from King’s Lynn the winger proclaimed that it was his dream to step up to the Blue Square Bet North.

He played an ineffective 45 minutes in the 7-1 smashing at Altrincham and was back in a Linnets shirt four days later.

Disappointment of the Year: Jordan Smith. His first appearance, in the draw with Corby, made us all reckon Graham Drury had picked out a real talent.

However, his first touch left him not long before he left United.

Most Improved Player of the Year: Without a doubt, Conor Marshall. This last nine months have seen him go from boy to foul-mouthed, tough tackling man. And he’s a better player for it.

Quote of the Year: Paul Holden was a thoroughly likeable man whose personal health problems meant he maybe never got a fair crack of the whip.

Unfortunately, his ‘soldiers and artists’ line was haunting him before he took his first training session.

Team of the Year: With the title, plus more than 100 points and goals behind them, you have to doth your cap to Chester FC, even if Altrincham and Guiseley have proved United’s toughest opponents this season.

Performance of the Year: Beating the mighty Chester makes United the envy of nearly all the Blue Square Bet North, although winning at Brackley and Halifax were also no mean feats.

But I’m sure the fans still think the home victory and away draw at Trinity are probably are a lot more satisfying, especially if rumours that the Blues were on win bonuses for the two matches are to be believed.

Bright Future of the Year: Charley Sanders, Jason Field and Jordan Nuttell can share this one.

Red Card of the Year: In a campaign where Ben fairclough and Spencer Weir-Daley both showed that maybe they could actually be ‘that type of player’, Gary Silk’s last minute fit at Altrincham pretty much summed up everyone’s feelings at that stage of the season.