Reynolds reckons Boston United can clip the Bluebirds’ wings

Duran Reynolds (centre).
Duran Reynolds (centre).

Duran Reynolds believes that Boston United will be able to get one over his former club Barrow.

The Pilgrims kick off their Vanarama North campaign on Saturday, at home to the big-spending title favourites.

And Reynolds - who joined Boston from the Bluebirds last season, where he also scored in the 4-4 draw at Holker Street - has every confidence that his new club can begin the season with three points.

“I’m really confident with the way Boston are,” the summer signing told The Standard.

“We’re looking good and I think we’ll be up there as well.

“I saw how close they came last season and I’ve seen the way the club’s going.

“Everything’s positive and looking good. I’m looking forward to seeing what the club can do this season.”

Another Pilgrim brimming with confidence is Rene Steer.

The bookies are putting Barrow - who have reinvigorated their squad with a number of new signings thanks to the backing of Cumbrian-born millionnaire businessman Paul Casson, who is based in Dallas, Texas. - down as favourites for the title.

Paddy Power have United down at 16-1, with both Bet365 and William Hill offering odds of 20-1 for the outsiders.

But the left back believes that Boston are still worth a punt after reflecting on the club’s final-day woe, which saw them miss out on the play-offs last season.

He said: “They’re title favourites, but no-one’s played a game yet so that doesn’t mean anything to us.

“We may not be favourites, but everyone loves an underdog.

“It hurt to get so close, it hurt. This season we want to change that.

“The boys that were here last year still remember that, and we all want to kick on, and we’ve let the new boys coming in know that.”

Stefan Galinski is another member of the United team who believes that the new-look squad can improve on last season.

“As a team we want some success this year after missing out last season,” he added.

“This team we’ve got this season is looking a little bit stronger than last season.

“It hurt missing out. We felt that if we got into the play-offs we’d have a good chance. We beat all the teams who were in the play-offs and we thought that, on our day, if we got them here (at home) we’d batter them.”

And what does Galinski think about Barrow’s chances when the action kicks off at 3pm on Saturday? “Good luck to them, if they think they can come here first game and beat us. I think most teams can count their chickens if they get a draw here. We want to begin with three points in the league.

“We had a good home record last season, and we want to take that with us.”

Manager Dennis Greene believes his team will be hard to beat, adding: “If we’re playing them then they’re playing us. It’s a tough start, but every game’s hard in this league.

“We got seven points from out first four games last season. I’m confident we’ll have a good season.”