Stefan Galinski believes Boston United’s squad is strong enough to finish in the top five of the Skrill North... if the team continues to pull together.
The old cliche states that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
And with that in mind, the former Polish youth international believes the Pilgrims have the ability and togetherness to succeed, especially after Saturday’s workmanlike 1-0 victory over Barrow.
After having to wait nine matches for his first start of the season - kept out by the central defensive pairing of Carl Piergianni and Scott Garner - Galinski could have sulked. Instead, he believes the cameraderie at the club kept him on his toes.
“Obviously, you’re frustrated when you’re not playing, but Scotty and Pidge are great lads,” he told The Standard.
“I probably get on with them best in the team, so there’s none of that sniggering behind each other’s backs.
“I couldn’t wish for two better lads to work with.”
Galinski also pointed the finger at forward Ben Fairclough, stating his attitude summed up the side’s resolve.
After being named on the bench for the Pilgrims’ first 11 competitive matches, Fairclough marked his second start of the season by being named man of the match.
Galinski continued: “It will have to take the right attitude from the right players on the bench if we want to do well.
“Like Ben, he got man of the match and he was like me, first seven or eight games on the bench and not getting a sniff. Then he earns his wage by getting man of the match.
“There’s a lot of good lads in there, and if we can keep these lads together and fit then it’s good.
“Hopefully we can send this club back to the Conference Premier, where it should be.”
Ricky Miller grabbed the decisive goal in the 54th minute with his fifth strike of the season. After latching on to Spencer Weir-Daley’s flick on, his lob squirmed through the hands of Tony McMillan, who had previously stood firm to deny Weir-Daley and Galinski.
With top scorer Marc Newsham and Garner both ruled out before kick off, Dennis Greene wheeled out the same starting XI which eased past Stafford Rangers 4-0 last week. But the squad was stretched even further by injuries to Ian Ross (toe), Piergianni (dead leg) and Fairclough (cramp), handing home debuts to Indy Aujla and Jake Hall.
Late pressure from Barrow saw United keeper Ashley Timms at his best to deny Gareth Arnison and Paul Edwards as United held on to their narrow advantage.
UNITED: Timms, Bore, Sansara, Marshall, Galinski, Piergianni (Aujla HT), Ross (Hall 56), Milnes, Miller, Fairclough (Reed 85), Weir-Daley; Subs: Dongo, Vince.
BARROW: McMillan, Burns, Edwards, Williams, Reynolds, Davies (Allen 67), Lacey, Briggs, Johnson, Arnison (Rushton 66), Radcliffe (Mills 59); Subs: Bowen, O’Donnell.
Ref: Ian Dudley. Att: 1,041.