Consistency is the key for Boston United - says Marc Newsham

Marc Newsham.
Marc Newsham.

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.”