We need more clean sheets! Boston United keeper Bastock demands shut-outs

Boston United Football Club first team H/S.
Boston United Football Club first team H/S.

PILGRIMS keeper Paul Bastock believes an opponent will soon feel the brunt of Boston United’s frustrating league form.

PILGRIMS keeper Paul Bastock believes an opponent will soon feel the brunt of Boston United’s frustrating league form.

The Pilgrims have won just one of their past seven Blue Square Bet North matches, a 4-2 victory over relegation-threatened Eastwood Town.

But the veteran says he has seen enough to know that the amber and blacks have the ability to click and, unless they leave it too late, mount a climb towards the top five.

“I’m pretty sure that soon someone’s going to get a good tonking,” said Bastock.

“The fans don’t get to see what I see in training. For some reason it’s difficult to what we see on the pitch.

“They’re sharp, buzzing and playing the ball around at tempo.

“They’re a totally different team in training, good enough to beat anyone. But for some reason it doesn’t always happen in matches.

“For many teams, playing us is their cup final. They’re up for it more.”

Saturday sees United’s old foes Nuneaton Town arrive at York Street (KO 3pm).

The clubs have been long-standing rivals throughout their non-league histories, in recent years doing battle in the Blue Square Bet North, Conference and Dr Martens League.

The two opponents were both beaten semi-finalists in last season’s play-offs.

But this campaign, Nuneaton look, the likelier to finish in the top spots.

They currently sit in fifth in the table.

However, before Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Blyth Spartans, Nuneaton have not been in the best of form.

They drew 1-1 with strugglers Hinckley, before losing 5-2 in the home fixture against the same opponents. And last Saturday, they were held to a 1-1 draw at Workington.

Back in August, Town earned a 2-0 victory over Boston.

And now, having kept just four clean sheets in the league, and six in total, Bastock is demanding the club stop conceding.

He added: “It’s very frustrating for us at the back line, and me more so as a keeper, as that’s what you pride yourself on.

“I’ve got to start pulling a few more saves out.”