This Boston United side don’t know how good they are, says boss Greene

Junior Konadu.
Junior Konadu.

Dennis Greene believes he has assembled a squad good enough to force their way into the Skrill Premier.

But the Boston United manager doesn’t reckon his team always fully grasp just how lethal they can be.

Greene was speaking after watching his Pilgrims put on a late masterclass as they came from behind to beat Stalybridge Celtic 4-1 at York Street on Saturday.

And now he is calling on his charges to fulfil their potential as they face three matches which could seal the club’s fate as play-off contenders or nearly men.

“They’re capable of that,” Greene told The Standard. “I say to them sometimes after the games ‘you need to know how good you are’.

“Sometimes I don’t think they quite grasp it.

“You saw how good they were in that last 15-20 minutes and I think we could have had six or seven.

“We’ve got goals in us, we’ve got variety.”

Saturday’s clash was a must-win for the Pilgrims, knowing defeat would all but end their hopes of a top-five finish.

Things started badly as Joel Bembo-Leta gave Celtic - who began the day 15 places behind Boston - a 20th minute lead.

After Jack Ryan’s volley ricocheted off the inside of Lewis King’s post, the Stalybridge midfielder had the simple task of applying the final touch from virtually on the goalline.

Boston were handed a lifeline when Ricky Miller was tripped in the box by Oliver Crowley.

But the striker, who had converted his previous seven spot kicks, missed the target with Jack Cookson diving in the opposite direction.

Miller had his head in his hands again after the break when his 30-yard strike rebounded back into play off the underside of Cookson’s crossbar.

Defender Scott Garner became a makeshift target man and came close as he headed over.

With 17 minutes left on the clock, things looked tense. But Boston’s two coolest customers turned the contest on its head.

Junior Konadu netted his first goal for the club, a 20-yarder which took a nick off Bembo-Leta’s boot.

Four minutes later United led as Spencer Weir-Daley latched onto Stefan Galinski’s long punt, coolly slotting beyond Cookson from a tight angle.

Suddenly, that confidence was there and substitute Ben Milnes completed the rout with two low strikes which were too powerful for Cookson in the 79th and 90th minutes.