Greene highlights old rivals as Boston United’s biggest title threats

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AFC Telford United, AFC Fylde and Chorley are being tipped to be Boston United’s biggest rivals for the National League North title next season.

That is the opinion of Pilgrims boss Dennis Greene, who believes that hat-trick of rivals will be the most likely to push his side.

Telford - who won the Conference North in 2013 - have dropped back down along with relegated Nuneaton Town and Alfreton Town.

And Greene believes the Bucks appear the most likely of that threesome to return straight back to non-league’s top tier.

“I don’t know how aggressive Nuneaton and Alfreton will be,” he added.

“They’ll be competitive but I think they’ll both probably be looking to revamp their squads.

“Telford could be potential challengers this year as they have won this league recently and know what it’s about.”

The other two teams tipped to be up there both came close to promotion this season.

Fylde were pipped to the title on the final day of the campaign, with Barrow eventually sealing top spot.

Chorley, meanwhile, looked to have one foot in the Premier division as they led Guiseley 2-0 in the play-off final, only for a dramatic late fightback leaving them on the wrong side of a 3-2 scoreline.

And Greene reckons both those sides wil be smarting after their near misses.

“For me I think Telford, Fylde - who are already busy strengthening - and Chorley, if they can have another season like the last one, will be the teams up there,” he said.

“And we want to be right up there with them.”

FC United of Manchester, Curzon Ashton and Corby Town have all been promoted to the division for next season.

The Pilgrims boss believes Evo-Stik Northern Premier champions FC United will be the most likely to mount a challenge, but still believes they may fall just short of the title.

He continued: “FC United took five or six years to get out of the division below.

“They could go straight up again, but I don’t think so.

“Maybe they will be challenging, in and around.”

With the majority of last season’s squad already signed up, Greene believes his United side will also be among those challenging for the title.

But if top spot eludes them, the Pilgrims boss wants his team to ensure they’ve done the ground work for a top-five finish early on.

“We want to win the league,” he said. “But we definitely want to be a solid top-five side next year.

“This year we finished well and got up to third, but we don’t want to rely on a good finish next year.

“We want to be up there from the start.

“It doesn’t matter how good any team in this division is, we only play each other twice.

“Our job is to make sure we perform well and continue to win matches regularly all season to give us a chance of being up there.”