‘Team spirit is massive!’ Greene backs Boston United to challenge at the top of the Skrill North

Scott Garner, Ricky Miller and Marc Newsham celebrate.
Scott Garner, Ricky Miller and Marc Newsham celebrate.

Dennis Greene believes Boston United’s powerful team spirit can be the basis for the club to challenge at the top of the Skrill Premier.

With the Pilgrims currently one of the teams vying for a top-five finish, the manager reckons that hiss side’s all-for-one attitude can give them the edge over their rivals.

“The importance of team spirit is massive,” Greene said.

“If you don’t have everyone in the dressing room getting on with each other then you’ve got no chance.

“But we’ve got a great bunch of lads at this club.

“We’ve got the right characters here, who all want to do well for each other.”

A number of players in that Pilgrims dressing room have been quick to praise manager Greene and his assistant Martyn Bunce for ensuring morale stays high at York Street, no matter whether the previous result was a victory, a defeat or a stalemate.

That togetherness between the pitch and dug-out was only emphasised further by in-form striker Ricky Miller, who ran straight to celebrate with his manager after scoring the first of his hat-trick during last Saturday’s 4-1 drubbing of Solihull Moors.

After flattening his manager and creating a pile-on of players which even saw debutant Kyle Dixon among the first to get involved, Greene - caked in mud - was all smiles as he emerged from the bottom of the heap.

However, Greene himself believes plenty of the plaudits should rest at the doorsteps of his squad members for making his job that little bit simpler.

He has previously given the thumbs up to those players who have found themselves dropped from the starting XI for their positive attitudes.

But he also thinks that the success delivered on the turf also keeps things ticking over nicely.

“It’s easier to keep the lads going this year,” he added.

“They still haven’t lost back-to-back matches in the league.

“They’re a strong bunch of lads and none of them like to lose.

“So if we’ve lost a game they all want to get out there, work hard and put that right. They all want to get right back to winning ways.”

Prior to last night’s Skrill North clash against Stockport County, Boston had lost just six league contests.

Those defeats - against North Ferriby United, Bradford Park Avenue, Brackley Town, Guiseley, AFC Telford United and Hednesford Town - have all been reasonably tight contests, something which Greene believes has added the strength in morale amongst his side.

He added: “It helps that we haven’t really had a heavy defeat this season.

“The 3-0 game at Ferriby was probably our only one, and that helps keep the lads positive as well.”

And on the rare occasions that Greene believes members of his squad aren’t pulling in the right direction, he believes he has the right solution.

“If people are not good for the team then we move them on, it’s as simple as that.”