BROWNE ON THE BALL: They get knocked down... but can Boston United get back up again?

Ricky Miller in action at Guiseley.
Ricky Miller in action at Guiseley.

The late, great Vince Lombardi was a man who knew all about winning.

During his years as a coach and head coach with the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins in the 50s and 60s, he won two Super Bowls and six NFL Championships.

As well as organising his troops, he knew how to inspire them as well.

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

“If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?”

“Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.”

Those sayings above are among some of his most famous quotes, words which ensure that his mind and mouth were of equal brilliance.

But it is another of his most famous comments which I wish to use to discuss our version of football this side of the Atlantick.

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up” is a phrase that should ring out at York Street this week.

Following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Guiseley, Boston United’s five-match unbeaten run came to an end.

Is this the end? Have the Pilgrims finally been found out? Are the cracks appearing?

The answer to those questions is a very definite ‘no’.

At Nethermoor Park, Boston were beaten by a very good, determined and in-form Lions side.

You could argue that the hosts deserved their victory just as rightfully as you could state that Dennis Greene’s side were desperately unlucky not to get at least a point - such was the one-sided balance of the contest in each half.

On this occasion Guiseley took the points, but the away side’s performance on that day should not be questioned.

The question - as Lombardi once posed - is whether or not this side can get back up?

Well, they have pulled themselves back up off the canvas in emphatic form so far this campaign.

This is not a punch-drunk boxer with jelly legs, whose determination to get back up will only lead to another pounding.

This is a wounded animal looking to pounce.

From their 23 matches in all competitions to date, Boston have lost six times. Their previous five losses have seen them respond in style - winning four and drawing one of their matches immediately after (and that draw was the freak 3-3 result against Harrogate Town, which saw a 3-0 half-time lead slip away).

Proof that this is not a side which likes to feel sorry for itself but, instead, smarts and goes out to get revenge.

The mood amongst Greene and his players as they prepared to leave Guiseley for their team’s Christmas Party wasn’t one of glumness, reflecting on what’s been done.

Every player I spoke to was already focused on the next match, this week’s FA Trophy match at Tamworth.

As Lombardi would say: “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”