Dennis Greene hopes that watching Chester FC celebrate winning the Blue Square Bet North title will inspire Boston United to repeat the feat next year.
Lewis Turner’s 46th minute goal proved the difference on Saturday, after the Pilgrims had made life hard for the Blues at the Deva Stadium.
But as the full-time whistle blew, coupled with the news that Guiseley had lost at Brackley, United’s valiant performance was forgotten amidst a pitch invasion and chants of ‘champions’ from the 3,000-plus home support.
But in the away dressing room, the one part of the Deva Stadium that wasn’t celebrating a fantastic season of success, Greene already had one eye on the future.
“I said to them in there, I’m proud of their performance and one little lapse in concentration cost us,” the United boss reflected.
“Listening to that out there, hopefully next year that can be us.”
Of course, the Pilgrims have been here before.
Twelve months earlier they were the unwanted guests as Hyde clinched the title, following a 4-1 victory.
On that day, Jason Lee’s words were very similar to Greene’s.
But since then, Lee lost Lee Canoville as his joint boss before being shown the door himself. Graham Drury’s 13-match stint in charge failed miserably as well.
That led to Greene being placed in the dug-out.
But the expectations, which have been lifted since his arrival at York Street, may make those words a little more believable this year.
United remain the only team to have beaten Chester in the league this season and boarded the bus on Saturday confident they could do the double.
But after frustrating the hosts for the first half, it took less than a minute after the re-start for the Blues to hit the goal which took them to the insurmountable 103-point mark, Turner latching on to Nathan Jarman’s cross and heading beyond Dan Haystead.
United had chances in the match, although Ian Ross, Ben Milnes and Anton Foster couldn’t find the net.
The hosts saw Jarman’s chip saved by Haystead, who also denied Antoni Sarcevic and Marc Williams.
And when Sarcevic got the better of the United keeper, there was Nathan Stainfield on the line to deny him.
“Chester thoroughly deserved to win this league, but I don’t think we deserved to lose the match,” Greene added.
But the day, like the campaign, belonged to the hosts.