Can Pilgrims deal The Nash a hammer blow?

Dennis Greene and assistant Martyn Bunce.
Dennis Greene and assistant Martyn Bunce.

Dennis Greene wants his 
Boston United side to hammer a nail into the coffin of Curzon Ashton’s play-off hopes.

The Pilgrims will travel to the Tameside Stadium on Saturday, looking to consolidate a place in the National League North’s top five, while putting more space between them and their hosts.

United currently sit in fourth place in the standings, 14 points ahead of their 11th-placed rivals.

But the Nash have five games in hand and a mathematic chance of forcing their way into the mix.

Greene knows that victory for United could mean a major setback for Ashton’s hopes of a surge up the table, but right now he still views them as ‘a threat’.

“They’re in good form, mid-table with games in hand,” said Greene, who is calling on his squad to improve upon their current run of five victories in six league matches.

“If they win all their five games in hand then they’ll be above us, so it’s another threat.

“They’re in good form and haven’t lost for a while.”

Curzon, who were promoted in the summer, got off to a miserable start to life in their new division, failing to register a victory in their opening seven fixtures.

But after finding their feet it has been a totally different story.

The Nash have won five and drawn one of their past seven matches in all competitions, including FA Trophy successes against league hopefuls Harrogate Town and Nuneaton Town.

In total they have lost just two of their past 12 contests, and haven’t lost at home since November 14’s 3-0 reverse against North Ferriby United, their only league defeat at The Tameside Stadium since August.

With 16 matches left to play this season, the Pilgrims find themselves in a better position than they were 12 months ago, where a late surge saw them end the campaign in third.

Now Greene wants his squad to build upon their foundations and push for the title.

He added: “You look at the league table and we’re about 11 points clear of Tamworth and they’re in seventh.

“We’re now only three points away from where we were with 10 games to go last season, now we’ve got 16 games to go.”