United have resolve to win promotion - Church

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PAUL Hurst and Rob Scott quit York Street to join Grimsby Town - but Boston United midfielder Anthony Church says life will go on without the duo.

“We have lost two top managers, but there’s still plenty to play for here this season,” Church told The Standard.

“Some clubs may think that if their manager goes then their season is over, but that’s not the case for us.

“We’ve proved that we have a lot of resolve. We’re a tight unit here and we all want to win.”

Despite Scott categorically denying they had received any approach from Grimsby after Saturday’s draw with Harrogate, the pair quit the Pilgrims on Tuesday morning to join the Mariners.

After little more than two years in the dug-out, the former Rotherham United defenders have fulfilled their ambitions to become full-time managers.

It is feared that they may return to plunder some of United’s more valuable assets in the close season, with Church and Shaun Pearson the two favourites to be snapped up.

Both are out of contract at the end of the season, and both are seen to have bright futures in the game.

Pearson is the only player Hurst and Scott have persuaded United chairman David Newton to pay cash for since they arrived at the Jakemans Stadium in the summer of 2009, while Church, when eligible, has started every competitive game at Boston under his former managers.

He has only been substituted twice this season - both coming when Boston were comfortably 4-0 in front against Workington and Stafford.

However, with Boston sitting second in the Blue Square Bet North, after winning promotion last campaign, Hurst and Scott will go with the blessings of most Boston fans. Church added: “No-one can hold it against them. They’ve done a lot here and have always wanted to manage in the professional game.

“Rob Scott has always encouraged us to take chances to fulfil our goals, he’s just following his own advice.”