Goalkeeper Sam Vince says that some strong words from Boston United manager Dennis Greene are helping him become a better player.
The 17-year-old is rated highly by his boss, so much so that he was handed his Skrill North debut on Saturday, replacing Ashley Timms between the posts for the second half at Brackley Town.
But Greene is adamant that the kid in goalkeeping gloves will not be handled with kid gloves, and will be dealt with like every other member of his squad.
And that makes a refreshing change for Vince.
“The manager tells me the things I’m good at and the things I need to work on,” he said.
“I respect that. I want to learn and keep pushing on.
“Most people don’t tell me when I go wrong. With the gaffer, he makes me want to improve, and tells me what I can do better.”
Vince has turned out for the club’s first team, reserves and youth team so far this campaign.
But it is with the first team where he wants his future to lie.
However, that may mean forging a friendly rivalry with regular number one Ashley Timms and taking chances, such as during Saturday’s clash, when Timms was substituted following two errors.
Vince added: “Me and Timmsy are good mates.
“We’re good mates on the pitch and off the pitch.
“We spend a lot of time together, he comes round mine in the week and we do a bit of extra training or go down the gym.
“It’s not nice seeing that happen to him, but I’m going to want to get my time.”
Vince made his first-team debut in the Lincs Senior Shield victory at Gainsborough last season.
He also replaced Timms in an FA Cup clash at Stafford earlier this campaign, which Boston won 4-0.