Wish is Grant-ed! Roberts relishing his new lease of life with Boston United

Grant Roberts.
Grant Roberts.

Grant Roberts is desperate to get his season back on track after joining Boston United.

The midfielder suffered a frustrating first half of the Vanarama North campaign with Gainsborough Trinity, struggling to hold down a regular place in the starting XI.

And when those chances did arrive he was often not in his favoured central role.

But after being told he could find a new club, Boston United boss Dennis Greene snapped up the player he once managed at Histon - and watched as Roberts make an impressive debut as the Pilgrims hammered Colwyn Bay 5-0 on Sunday.

“At Gainsborough I wasn’t playing as much as I’d like and I was playing out of position, but Dennis spoke to me about joining Boston and I’ve loved it,” Roberts told The Standard.

“I’m back in central midfield and a 5-0 win as well - you can’t ask for better.”

The cross-Lincolnshire move has also brought a new perspective to Roberts’ season, swapping a side dangerously close to the relegation zone for one with genuine belief that the play-offs are achievable.

And although Roberts is tipping Trinity to beat the drop, he’s enjoying looking upwards for a change.

“Football changes very quickly,” he said. “When I was playing out of position I couldn’t get any momentum.

“I was told I could get a new club and one day later I’m at Boston.

“It’s good to be here and in a winning side which is looking at promotion.”

Greene himself is in no doubt that Roberts can be the man to take on the midfield playmaker role left vacant by Kyle Dixon, whose loan spell has come to an end.

“He was the anchor for our good performance,” the manager said. “He’s a very intelligent player and I said that before about him.”

Roberts may have been the anchor of the Pilgrims, but their ship was laden with firing canons as the Seagulls of Colwyn Bay were well and truly sunk.

Nicky Walker opened the scoring with a clever finish after rounding keeper Chris Sanna, before four further goals came after the interval.

Stand-in centre back Rob Hopley diverted the ball into his own net as the depleted Bay conceded a second seven minutes after the re-start.

Danny Taylor’s miscued clearance then presented Marc Newsham with the chance to drill home his third of the season and, as is so often the case, the striker didn’t need to be asked twice.

Substitute Dayle Southwell then grabbed his 16th of the campaign with a neat low finish from a wide left angle after being fed by Scott Garner.

And Walker made it three goals in two games as he flicked home Zak Mills’ cleverly-worked free kick at the death.

Bay manager Frank Sinclair resigned after his team’s abject performance, in which their best chance saw Wes Baynes unable to beat keeper Joel Dixon - playing possibly his last game for the club - from a 20-yard free kick.