First good, then bad, then ugly! That’s Boston United’s battle plan for next season

Dennis Greene.
Dennis Greene.

Dennis Greene wants to put together a Boston United squad that can play attractive football - but mix it with the league’s toughest sides.

The Pilgrims manager is in the process of building his first side at the Jakemans Stadium, having moved into the dug-out for the final 10 matches of the 2012-13 BLue Square Bet North campaign.

To date, he has added keeper Ashley Timms, defender Carl Piergianni and central midfielder Gary Mills to the ranks.

And the boss is starting to sense something special, believing his squad will be pleasing on the eye - but able to put fear into the opposition.

He told The Standard: “In my mind, I really think we’re going to have a good side next season.

“A good footballing side, a team’ that’s physically strong but will pass the ball.

“I’m hoping we’ll be tidy at the back, strong and a team that can win a football match 1-0 where the players are confident that if we go in front we can see a game off.

“That’s been the disappointing fact for Boston this year and a bit the previous year.

“Conceding too many goals is what we need to work on.”

Greene has made no secret of his quest to bring a big, tough target man to York Street.

He wants a side that can play attractive football, and hopes retaining the likes of midfielders Ben Milnes, Greg Mills, Ian Ross and forwards Marc Newsham and Spencer Weir-Daley can deliver.

But the manager is no purist and knows that a route-one Plan B is vital in a physically combative division.

And with that in mind, Greene is looking to mix it up.

He added: “We want to be a good footballing side and score from open play,

“But if it’s not being our day, then we’ll take the opportunities for set pieces.”

Greene is quick to point out that United, a side notoriously poor from dead balls throughout last season, began scoring from more setpieces since his arrival.

That was evident in the last game the of the season, when centre backs Tom Ward and Nathan Stainfield both headed home corners to see United beat Gainsborough 3-1 in the Lincs Senior Shield.

Ross also chipped in with two almost identi-kit 20-yard strikes - against Worcester City and Bishop’s Stortford - both coming from well-worked Ben Milnes deliveries.

“Rossy scored two from set-pieces, Stanners has got two and Wardy’s chipped in with one,” Greene said looking back at last season’s tenureship.

“We’re working on those things.

“It doesn’t always go your way in every game.

“We need to have options and create different ways to score.”