He’s here for the long haul! Joker Drury says laughter is the best way to win at Workington

Graham Drury.
Graham Drury.

Manager Graham Drury says he knows the secret of keeping his Boston United players’ spirits up on the long haul to Workington... a joke or two.

On Saturday, the Pilgrims make the 460-mile round trip to the Cumbrian peninsular to face their hosts in Blue Square Bet North action (KO 3pm).

It is the longest trip of the season for the United team coach.

But Drury isn’t worried, stating: “I’m a bit of a joker on the coach, so hopefully there’ll be a bit of fun and games to keep everyone going.”

Drury reckons he can keep his side jovial for the trek, but he added that humour must not detract from the job in hand.

He added: “Hopefully, it’ll be the right mindset.

“As soon as we get on the coach we’ll be professional about what we do.”

A number of the United players will be looking to defender Conor Marshall to break down the monotony.

He has been labelled as the chief organiser of entertainment on away days, often bringing his video games console and TV with him on longer journeys.

Of course, football games are the ones of choice.

“It’s nice just to show the other lads how to play football,” Marshall joked.

“It’s just something that we do to take our minds off things on the bus.”

Boston have a good record at Workington.

They have won all five of their league games at Borough Park over the years.

However, they did lose an FA Cup clash there in October 2007.

In fact, until this season, Boston had won all 10 league fixtures over the Reds.

In September, Workington left York Street with a 3-1 success.