Third time lucky! Captain Gareth Jelleyman wants to end his Boston United heartbreak

Gareth Jelleyman.
Gareth Jelleyman.

BOSTON United captain Gareth Jelleyman believes that two years of heartbreak will drive the Pilgrims to glory.

The defender has experienced very contrasting campaigns at York Street.

In 2011 he was part of the side which missed out on a place in the Blue Square Bet North play-off final, following a hard-to-take penalty shoot-out defeat to Guiseley.

And last season he cut one of the frustrated figures as the amber and blacks’ inconsistency saw them slump to an 11th-place finish.

The United captain said last year’s mediocre finish was a harder pill to swallow, but believes it can be the catalyst to a better campaign.

He told The Standard: “I was very disappointed last year. We had the makings of a good team but it just didn’t quite come off.

“I’m sure this year we’ll be a lot more successful, and I cant wait for it to start.

“Last season hurt most. We were ready to achieve something after losing on penalties in the play- offs.

“We were ready to kick on and we just seemed to hit a wall.

“We never quite got going, that really hurt.”

Jelleyman honestly admits that the United squad and management have spent the summer questioning what went wrong.

And he believes this will only make the club stronger.

He continued: “There’s been a lot of head scratching and asking ‘where did we go wrong?,’ the gaffer’s been doing the same thing and he’s taken the right steps, bringing Graham (Hyde, assistant) in and adding to the squad.”