BOSTON United Reserves manager Glen Maddison has described winning the Lincolnshire League title as a ‘fantastic feeling’.
The Pilgrims were crowned champions on Saturday after a 1-1 draw with second-placed Cleethorpes.
The point effctively ended the visitors’ hopes of catching Boston.
And when news came in that third-placed Lincoln United Reserves had been beaten 1-0 by CGB Humbertherm, the Pilgrims second string were confirmed as champions.
“We were all a little dejected after the draw,” Maddison admitted.
“But when we heard that Lincoln didn’t win that all changed very quickly.
“It was a fantastic feeling.”
The triumph was the more special for Maddison and his assistants Steve Angel and Martyn Bunce, as this was their first season in charge of the United reserves, which were only resurrected at the beginning of the campaign.
Stuart Whitaker handed Boston a 1-0 lead in the 75th minute, only for Cleethorpes’ Mark Sawyer to level five minutes later.
And the victory was made that little bit tougher as leading scorer Mickey Stones, keeper Ricky Drury and defender Tom Ward were all on duty with the first team squad at Telford.
Meanwhile, defender Scott Dawson and midfielder Jason Field were also unavailable.
Maddison was quick to praise head of youth Steve Welsh for producing a talented crop of under 18 players, many of whom have played vital roles in this season’s success.
“Welshy has some very good local lads in his side and we hope they’ll be coming through next season, players like Elliott Price, Stuart Whitaker, Andy Hewitt and James Tricks.”
Maddison has also given the thumbs up to new club coaches Jason Lee and Lee Canoville’s attempts to bridge the gap between the first and second XIs, a move which has seen the likes of Lee, Lawrie Dudfield, Stef Frost and Shane Clarke turn out for the reserves in recent midweek matches, while some of Maddison’s players have been given closer ties to the first team.
“Rob and Paul (Scott and Hurst, previous managers) were so focused on the first team that there wasn’t much of a link up,” he continued.
“Jason and Lee have a different way of working and want a player who’s not involved with them, or coming back from injury, to have 90 minutes with us.
“I think that’s how it should be. Having our players called up to the first team squad feels just as rewarding as winning the league.”
United’s reserves will be officially presented with the Lincolnshire League title at York Street on Saturday, during half time of the Pilgrims’ match against Hyde.