Pilgrims’ promotion push beats shopping

Darren Williams
Darren Williams

DARREN Williams is desperate to play an inspirational role in Boston United’s promotion push – after the club saved him from spending his weekends shopping.

DARREN Williams is desperate to play an inspirational role in Boston United’s promotion push – after the club saved him from spending his weekends shopping.

The Pilgrims loanee reckons he and fellow Gainsborough defender Mark Robinson were made scapegoats as Trinity found themselves stranded near the bottom of the Blue Square Bet North.

The duo were told by chairman Peter Swann they were surplus to requirements and were ordered to stay away from the Northolme and not to train or attend matches.

But with Trinity unable to buy the duo out of their contracts they were left in limbo.

However, Boston offered them a lifeline, recruiting them both and 38-year-old Darlington defender Kevin Austin on loan to bolster their injury-hit back-line.

And after forcing his way into the Pilgrims’ starting XI, Williams says he is happy to be back playing again.

“For two weeks we did nothing as we were told to stay away – we didn’t train or go to the games,” he told The Standard.

“I was just lost, Saturday’s aren’t the same without football.

“I even ended up going shopping with the missus – which I hate.

“But Boston offered us a loan opportunity and we knew it was the best thing to do – it beats sitting at home and just getting paid for doing nothing.”

The former Hartlepool defender admits he finds it odd that a club near the basement doesn’t want him, while a club chasing promotion in the same division is happy to call on his services.

However, he is relishing his new challenge.

He added: “Boston is a club with great expectations and I want to be a part of that.

“Everyone here’s eager to get promotion.

“I’m still baffled about what happened (at Gainsborough). I was virtually an ever-present until I got that call out of the blue.

“If you ask the fans there they’ll probably say me and Mark have been made scapegoats.”