BROWNE ON THE BALL: Thinking big with every small step

Boston. Saturday 25 October 2014. 'sport. football. Boston United, action'Boston Utd v Solihull Moors
Boston. Saturday 25 October 2014. 'sport. football. Boston United, action'Boston Utd v Solihull Moors

Above each peg in the home dressing room at the Jakemans Stadium are written the words: “Big victories are made up of very small ones.”

It may be hard to believe Boston United know too much about alleged small victories when you consider the margins by which they’ve thumped their opposition down at York Street in recent weeks.

After smashing home five goals to humble Lowestoft, Colwyn Bay, Guiseley and Bradford Park Avenue since Christmas, Dennis Greene’s side are one of the Vanarama North’s in-form big-hitters.

But those off the field movements over the past few weeks are proof that the statement which greets every Pilgrim on matchdays rings true.

On Thursday leading scorer Dayle Southwell, who reached his season’s target of 20 goals with 12 matches remaining, agreed to sign a contract with the club which will keep him at the Jakemans Stadium until summer 2016, having previously declined the first offer which came his way.

Man of the moment Mark Jones penned a pre-contract agreement which will see him officially join when his Spalding United payslips cease to arrive.

Joining them to sign contracts were Zak Mills, arguably the club’s player of the season so far, and Grant Roberts, whose arrival has made a big difference to performances in recent weeks.

And with Carl Piergianni, Scott Garner, Kyle Dixon, Sam Vince and Kaine Felix already under contract next season, the foundations of a very good side are already there.

Manager Dennis Greene deserves praise for spotting the talent, while his assistant Martyn Bunce also gets a thumbs up for bringing the best out of those players on the training ground.

But the club’s board of chairman David Newton, vice-chairman Neil Kempster and Chris Cook also deserve their share of the credit for sanctioning the contracts.

Yes, it makes sense from a fan’s perspective, but when you’re the bean counter who has everything to lose financially if injury or lack of form kicks in - at a club where money is hardly no object - then it takes a lot of guts to tie up so many players.

However, persuading those players you believe can have an impact on the club’s fortunes this season and next to commit their futures, particularly if heads are being turned by whispers from elsewhere, are a number of valuable small battles which need to be won.

The same goes for picking up points for the remainder of this season - especially against promotion rivals including Guiseley, Tamworth, Hednesford, Oxford and Solihul.

But the sentiment remains: “Big victories are made up of very small ones.”