MARC Newsham believes Boston United’s inconsistency cost them dearly last season.
And now the marksman is vowing to help the Pilgrims put their up-and-down season behind them and earn another top-five finish.
Throughout the 2011-12 campaign, United failed to win more than two consecutive league matches in the Blue Square Bet North.
And back-to-back victories only came four times.
“We’ve been inconsistent and unable to string more than two wins together on the bounce,” Newsham said.
“We seem to win a couple, lose a couple, draw a couple.
“You can’t be up there if you’re not consistent.
“Hyde, Guiseley and the other sides that did well were up there all season.”
Newsham accepts that the Pilgrims’ season was a rebuilding process following the departure of former managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst.
But with Jason Lee now having a full season under his belt, Newsham believes it’s time for Boston to deliver again.
“The aim’s to have a better season,” he continued.
“A few new additions mean we can have a real chance next year.
“This is a big club and we love playing here as a group.
“In my first season here we won three trophies, the season after we got to the play-off semi-final.
“But its been disappointing this season. But if we can keep the core of the side we can have a real go.”
Newsham scored 29 goals in his first season with the Pilgrims, finishing top scorer in 2009-10 as they won the UniBond Premier play-off final, Lincs Senior Shield and UniBond Cup.
He netted seven times the following campaign as Boston reached the Blue Square Bet North play-off semis, losing on penalties to Guiseley.
But last season he rediscovered his scoring touch, netting 21 times for a side which finished 11th.
His main aim for the upcoming campaign is to ensure he keeps his starting place ahead of competition from Mark Jones, Ben Fairclough, Spencer Weir-Daley and Kallum Smith.
But he also wants to grab his first-ever Pilgrims hat-trick.
“It’s frustrating I still haven’t scored a hat-trick,” Newsham told The Standard.
“But I’m sure it’ll come if I keep going.”